Image of flying termite.You often hear about termites that strikes home in massive structural damage and cause each year. This is because termites are dangerous creatures who can make their nests as well above or below ground level to gain access to your home and cause damage to properties that cost very expensive.
Why you should worry about the existence of winged termites or termite fly?
If you see a winged termites flying around or inside your House, this is a warning of a potential threat: 2
- You may already have a termite problem
- Your home is potentially of termite attack risk
Do Termites Fly?
Yes, they can fly, but not all termites can fly. Termites are not included in the category of insect flying like wasps or mosquitoes, since there are only a small number of termites that can actually fly. In addition, they can only fly for a short time before losing its wings.
Termite colonies are divided into several groups known as caste. Each caste has a specific role in the colony. termite colony caste is 4:
- Queen termite & King
- Termite workers
- Termite soldiers
- Flying termites
Of termite caste above, only flying Termites termite which can only fly because it has wings. Termites are also the only flying termites that develop sexually and are the future King and Queen of a colony of termites. Fly patterns and habits are also known as termite swarm.
When Winged Termites Appear?
Winged termites are very interested in light. We all naturally often see this in everyday life-after the rain, you will find that a group of insects fly begun crowding closer to light sources such as street lights or lights in your home.
After a few minutes, this flying insect Group began releasing their wings and crawl on the floor without wings for an unspecified time before they eventually die by itself.
Although it is not easy to detect termite attack symptoms, but the existence of winged termites which emerges from the nest to fly into your home is one of the most obvious signs of the beginning of the problems termites in your home!
Why Flying Winged Termite Swarm?
Flying winged termite swarm to be able to reproduce and start new colonies. The existence of winged termites swarm also marked the beginning of the life cycle of termites.
During this period the winged males and females termite developed sexually leave their nests to fly. The initial phase is referred to as nuptial flight or reproductive phase in the form of marriage by way of flying that is also commonly done by other insects such as ants.
After leaving the nest, winged termites crowd gathered in the air and mate with the same species of termites from the other colonies. After they successfully perform marriages, termites will land and take off their wings to kick-start the process of creating a new colony.
As To What Form Of Winged Termites?
Many people often mistakenly tell the difference between flying ants and termites or termite wings fly because both these insects at a glance looks very similar.
There are several ways that can be done to differentiate between winged termites and flying ants. Winged termites appear in different colors depending on their species. Generally, winged termites appear in color beige/Brown the same as other termite castes. They have two antennae are straight with a slight dent and has two sets of wings that is as large and white and clear with a sharp appearance.
Termites, in General, be determined by the shape of her body. Both winged termites and termite without wings has a thick body consisting of one part. Termites have no constriction between the chest and the stomach like ants.
On closer inspection, you can easily set it apart, as shown in the infografik and description below:
- Termites have a ' waistline ' straight in between chest and stomach
- Ants have a narrow waist
- Termites have a blunt end to their stomach
- Most of the species of ants have sharp ends that can sting or spraying toxic chemicals
- Termites have straight antennae
- Ants have bent antennae
The shape and length of the wings
- Front and rear termite wings have the same length and is longer than the size of the Agency
- The Ant has a length of front wings similar to those of their bodies and is longer than the back pair
- Worker termites and termite soldiers beige or brown in most species, while the winged termite itself is brown
- Ants are generally either red or black