During the spring of each year, the termites produce a winged alate (Swarmer). The purpose of the swarmer is to fly up into the air, find the opposite sex, mate, and start new colonies. Both the male and the female break off their wings and look for a suitable nesting area. In the forest, this would be a dead, damp decaying tree on the forest floor. When they swarm into the home, in most cases, they cannot damage the home or start a nest as the area is much too dry. So unless you have a wet, rotten log in your living room, the alates cannot hurt you. Our experience has shown that there are normally three swarms. The first swarm is the major one, the second swarm is often 1/10th in size, and the last swarm is normally just a few insects. Subterranean termites normally avoid light. When swarmers are created by the colony, the opposite happens. The swarmers are attracted to light when they emerge, and are often found in window sills. As they come out in large numbers, they can be an awful nuisance. Try not to spray them with common household insecticides, as these products contain oils that can stain and make a mess. The easiest way to remove these alates is to vacuum them up. They will die shortly in the dry environment of the vacuum bag. Often, these swarmers will emerge within 30-60- days AFTER A HOME HAS BEEN TREATED. This is a defensive measure by the colony. The colony is under stress from the treatment and will often respond by sending the remaining swarmers out.
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