How To Kill Flying Termites

Flying termites are just common termites that are in their winged life stage. This phase is part of their reproduction cycle. While they are breeding adults at this stage and don’t cause significant damage themselves, they create thousands of termite wood-chewing offspring. Flying termites seek new locations for their colonies. It you find winged termites around your home or indoors, it may be an indication that there is termite infestation in a part of your home. There are ways you can identify, kill and prevent flying termites in and around your home.

Identifying Flying Termites

flying-termitesWhen it comes to identifying winged termites, you need to be able to distinguish a flying termite from a flying ant, as the two are often mistaken for one another. Both of these insects look similar but flying ants have three-segment bodies, while termites have two-segment bodies. Flying termites have two long same-sized sets of wings, and ants have a small and big set of wings.

Finding Flying Termites

If you find flying termites indoors, then it could be a sign of infestation, as they could have built nearby colonies. Look for mud tubes or tracks where the termites burrow into the ground. These are usually found in dark, moist areas that have access to wood, and you can look in places like the basement, cracks in the foundation or the underneath siding. Flying termites can occasionally be seen entering and leaving these mud tubes. Sometimes you will find wings instead of the insect’s body. This is because flying termites drop their wings after mating, and the females then go to burrow in mud to lay eggs. You can look for shed wings on window sills and along baseboards.

Ways to Exterminate Flying Termites

If you have a termite problem that is is mainly outside, then use a bug zapper. Termites get attracted to light, so a bug zapper will be an effective way of killing flying termites. Place the electric bug zapper outside the house and near the termites, while keeping the lighting around the house to a minimum to avoid attracting them to your home.

If you see flying termites, you can hit them down and kill them just like that. You can also use vacuum cleaner to vacuum them up, and a liquid spray like a local insecticide to spray on the winged termites and kill them.

Flying termites can be a sign of a nearby active termite colony. Killing the swarmers alone will not solve your termite problem if you have one; you need to find the colony and destroy it for complete termite extermination. Liquid termiticide sprays and baiting systems provide the best methods to extinguish the colony and prevent flying termites. Termiticide can be sprayed around the foundation of your home, in holes or cracks in the walls, and in any areas you have seen termites. Baiting systems will starve the whole colony as they attract the termites and then kill them. Place baits in the soil around your home’s foundation, separating each of them to be at least 1 foot apart.

20 comments… add one
  1. Cheryl Smith

    Oh sh**! I have a colony!

  2. John Campbell

    In Hawaii, we found a lit tiki torch with a flame also works instead of a bug zapper. The termites must be attracted to the light, heat, or both, but they suicide divebomb right into the flame.

  3. Rita Lukaszek

    How long does the stage for flying termites last when flying and losing there wings. How many days and weeks does it last for that cycle. Please answer soon .

    1. Williams L

      GOOD DAY ! – I HAVE THE SAME QUESTION TOO , SO PLEASE SEND ME AN ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION OF “HOW LONG DOES THE TERMITE FLYING MATING SEASON LASTS ???????” – PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL OF THE ANSWER I NEED HELP , THERE GROSS WINGS ARE FALLING IN MY FOOD , AND I NEED TO KNOW HOW LONG THIS DARN MATING SEASON IS GONNA LAST ! – THANK YOU SO MUCH !!!!!!!

  4. Kylie

    Omg i think i have that!!!!!!

  5. STACEE

    OH DEAR LORD HERE IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA IN THE REDWOOD FOREST RIGHT ON THE PACIFIC COAST AFTER A GOOD RAIN WHICH WE DO HAVE OFTEN JUST WHEN THE SUN IS BRIGHT AND THE HUMIDITY IS PERFECT FOR THEM I GUESS THEY JUST START SWARMING OUT OF THE GROUND ALL OVER OUR YARD! ITS QUITE DISGUSTING!! WE LIVE IN A MODULAR KIND OF A FANCY WORD FOR A MORE MODERN MOBILE HOME LOL I HOPE THEY CAN’T DO MUCH DAMAGE TO IT 🙂 JUST THE FRONT AND BACK DECKS PROBABLY 🙁 I LOVE MY DECKS THOUGH UGH! DAMN GOOD FOR NOTHING TERMITES!! MAKES ME WONDER WHY GOD EVEN CREATED THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE

    1. Daniel

      Termites are an integral part of any forest system. They help break down old dead wood and recycle it back into the biosystem. That’s why God created them. 🙂 Unless your decks are lying on the ground the termites pose no threat to them 🙂

      1. Dean Reynolds

        Since there’s no “god”, they are a natural part of nature and planet Earth. I’ll choose that explanation over the fantasy one.

  6. Silvia

    I just had a new home built .is made of brick but i just noticed flying termites and some r eating the baseboards.this house is just six months old.how can it be infected already?

    1. Michael

      House was probably built with the wood already infected.

    2. Dave

      Did u build the home over an indian cemetery and disturb the bodies?

  7. Aniya

    Please help..their everywhere

  8. Robert Akau

    I’ve found swarmers exiting newly uncovered holes in the wood. Around this exit hole are smaller wingless termites. They are very tiny but are visibly crawling on the wood around the hole while the swarmers are appearing and flying off. A spray having a length of tubing and a needle at the end help to shoot insecticide into the holes, ending any more swarmers from appearing. Drilling holes in vicinity of the exit with a bit the size of their exit holes allow injecting insecticide hopefully throughout the nest.

  9. Ben Cohen

    I just noticed that half my building is covered with that hardened mud nests that you were talking about. How to i destroy them without letting out the termites?

  10. AsPika

    I found this flying termites in my house at Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia! Just only appear in non-stop raining seasons. Just very rare to see it!

  11. Daylin

    Within a five minute period last night thousands suddenly appeared. Mostly pit side around the porch light, but hundreds inside too. I was chasing them around with a vacuum trying to keep them from going under the baseboards as that seems a logical point of entry. My wife,said I was overreacting. How serious is this. House was tented when we bought it 4 years ago.

  12. ankit

    i have flying terminte in my room…. they come outside at midnight …. the strange and haunting experience we come across is flying terminte come outside from wood from different parts of room at 2 30 a.m daily ….. how to kill or get rid of them ???

  13. Robert Fling

    Are flying termites attracted to food pantries? Or do we have another flying insect?

  14. Nong Frilles

    I have a 2000sqm yard that is termite infested. I grew free roaming chickens and ducks so that they are my natural terminators. At night when flying termites swarm, i put off all lights and put on a light 4ft above ground and call my ducks. My ducks love to eat them all.

  15. Melissa

    We have found them in a huge tree that’s right outside our fence like, but only like 10′ away from house. The big branches hang over into our yard. How can I protect my house????
    Eek

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