Did you know that leaving the lights on can help you find termites during our termite swarming season which is about to kick into high gear? Yes, this may sound counter intuitive, since you have probably been told over and over again to leave the lights off during termite swarming season. However, leaving the lights on will help you see where the termites are coming from and where they are going.
“We like to say leave the lights on, it is our one opportunity in the year to find out where the Termites are coming from. If you find a lot of termites in your home, it is time to call a professional,” says Joe Martin, Entomologist at Terminix New Orleans.
What You Should Do Right Now?
Right now during swarming season, you can take advantage of the fact that the termites are out and about. Now is the time for you to inspect your home and make sure they don’t pick your house to start a new colony. During termite swarming season, termites tend to look for moist places to start their new home. If you take a walk around your house with the lights on at night, you might be able so see where the termites are headed. For instance, they might use a shelter tube against your slab to get into your house, or they might be swarming out of a tree in your yard. Always make sure you do not have any firewood stacked up against your house, or vines growing on your wall since they could block visible entry points. If you find thousand of termites in your home possibly flying out of your walls. It is time to call a professional.