What are flying termites?

If you see a flying termite in or around your home, consider it a sign of serious trouble.

Like dark clouds on the horizon: a storm is coming.

Swarms of flying termites are sent out on the first warm day of Spring. Their number one priority is to find a new feeding and breeding ground for the colony. If they are in your house, they’re thinking about moving in.

You need to take action, or else you will soon have termites in your home for a long time.

1. The first thing you need to do is make sure the flying insects you are seeing are termites, and not flying ants.

Here’s a chart to help you quickly identify what you’re looking at:

2.  If they are flying termites, you need to call Debug and discuss your options. 

This is one problem you can not DIY.

The biggest reason: Termite damage is not covered by your homeowners’ insurance. Take a chance trying to fix it yourself and you could cost yourself a few thousand dollars in repair.

Another big reason: our winters are warmer and wetter than ever. That means termite colonies are bigger and stronger than they’ve ever been. You need to up your game.

3.  When you contact Debug, they’ll send someone out quickly.

This person will show you where the termites are entering your home and show you how to identify an infestation.

They will draw out a map to show you where the infestation is taking place.

Termite wings

Once you know where the termites are entering you can start to take some steps to stop further damage.

4. The Debug technician will discuss your options to stop the swarm and infestation.

At Debug, we offer two effective termite control options: bait traps and liquid. 
 
If you are looking for an option that is cleaner and greener, bait traps are the way to go. They are installed outside your home’s foundation. They will lure termites out of your home and into the bait traps. This bait contains food that termites can not resist. They will immediately stop eating your house and go for the bait food. Plus, it is a lot less work for them. Think of it as fast food for termites. But just like fast food for humans, this easy delicious food has a downfall: it will kill the termites and destroy their colony.

In some situations, a liquid barrier might be a good option.  A liquid barrier poured around your house keeps new termites from crossing over from the yard and into your home.

5.  So go. Take a look at those flying bugs. Use the chart to figure out if they are flying termites.

If they are, call Debug. We’ll send someone out right away.

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Bonus Blog Article

How to keep ants away from your home in Eastern CT (and beyond)

The best way of getting rid of ants is to use an Integrated Pest Management program to identify the source and use low-risk effective methods to effectively neutralize the pests.

Ants can be more than just a nuisance. Odorous ants contaminate food and carpenter ants build nests by tunneling through wood — damaging wall framing and other wood materials of your house, located in Eastern Connecticut.

Avoid creating a haven for ants. Ants look for food, water, and shelter. Try to minimize their access to each.

These indoor tips will not only make your home less welcoming to ants, but also to cockroaches, rodents, and other pests:

  • Don’t leave crumbs or spills; clean those tempting food items up—before an ant decides to do it for you.
  • Wipe off those sticky syrup and honey bottles — better yet, stick them in the fridge. A little bit of goo for you, is a smorgasbord for a tiny ant.
  • Wrap up sticky or stinky trash — and if possible keep in a sealed waste bin until trash day. The best way to get rid of your old vegetables, fruit scraps, and coffee grounds? Put them in your compost bin, away from your house. You’ll be creating great compost while keeping pest enticements away from your living space.

These outdoor tips will reduce an insect’s water source along with eliminating easy entrances.

  • Remove water sources such as drips or leaks. (Not only to reduce pests such as ants and termites, but to prevent mold and other house damage.) 
  • Trim back trees and bushes from your home to reduce access. Once again, this not only makes it more difficult for insects to get inside, but it will help reduce other nuisance animals such as squirrels and mice from visiting your attic space.
  • Repair window screens and fix up gaps along the screen edges.
  • Caulk cracks around windows or doors. Save on heating and cooling bills while keeping ants out!
  • Repair masonry cracks. Having the job done right may cost you less time and money than you expect with an experienced mason.

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