Termites can be a home owners worst nightmare. Fortunately early detection can save a lot of worries. Most people know that a termite colony will send out swarming termites. The swarming termite is the reproductive member of the colony. In the spring, if a colony has grown large enough, the winged reproductive swarmers escape the colony through cracks around the doors, windows, and foundation of the home. They are off to establish a new colony of their own. Once they do so they'll shed the wings that are no longer necessary. To many knowledgeable home owners the shed wings are their first clue that termites are present.
But it's a little known fact that not every colony sends out swarming termites every year. It may take up to three seasons for a colony to grow large enough to branch off into another colony. Some homeowners may have a false sense of security thinking that if they haven't seen swarming termites or their shed wings, then they are in the clear. This is not always the case. There are early signs that you can look for to know if your home has been infested with termites. Follow the link for important information on the signs of a termite infestation, pictures of termites, swarming termites, and the mud tubes they travel through.TERMITE