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Battling Termite Swarming Season

Termite Swarm Season in North Carolina and Virginia

As the temperatures rise and spring arrives, so does an unwelcome guest: termite swarming season. Residents of Virginia and North Carolina know all too well the havoc these tiny invaders can wreak on their homes. Termite infestations can cause extensive damage to the structure of buildings, leading to costly repairs and headaches for homeowners.

Understanding Termite Swarming

Termite swarming is a natural part of the reproductive cycle for these wood-destroying insects. During swarming season, mature termite colonies release winged reproductive individuals known as swarmers or alates. These swarmers venture out in search of mates to establish new colonies, making them a common sight around homes and properties.

Signs of Termite Activity

Active termites and mud tubes in North Carolina

Identifying termite activity early is crucial for effective pest management. Some signs to watch out for include:

  1. Swarmers: Keep an eye out for swarms of winged termites around windows, doors, and light sources, especially during warm, humid evenings.

  2. Mud Tubes: Termites construct mud tubes along foundations, walls, and other surfaces to provide moisture and protection as they travel between their nests and food sources.

  3. Wood Damage: Check for hollowed or damaged wood, especially in areas prone to moisture such as basements, crawl spaces, and attics.

Protecting Your Home

Vaco Pest Management Technician inspects crawl space for moisture and termites.

Prevention is key when it comes to termite control. Proactive measures VACO Pest Management suggests to homeowners to safeguard their properties include:

  1. Regular Inspections: Schedule regular termite inspections with a licensed pest management professional to detect signs of termite activity early. Contact VACO Pest

  2. Moisture Control: Address any moisture issues in and around your home, as termites are attracted to damp environments. Ensure proper drainage, fix leaks, and keep gutters clean. VACO Pest is a leader in NC & VA dealing with crawl space encapsulation, moisture barrier replacement, and dehumdifying the space. Ask for a VACO Crawl!

  3. Seal Entry Points: Seal cracks, gaps, and openings in the foundation, walls, and roof to prevent termites from gaining access to your home.

  4. Remove Wood Debris: Remove woodpiles, dead trees, and other cellulose-based materials from around your property to eliminate potential termite food sources.

  5. Professional Treatment: Consider proactive termite treatments. VACO Pest uses a baiting systems to protect your home from infestations. We are an authorized Sentricon System termite professionals. Learn more about this amazing product!


Termite swarming season in Virginia and North Carolina can be a cause for concern for homeowners, but with the right knowledge and preventative measures, you can minimize the risk of termite damage to your property. By staying vigilant, conducting regular inspections, and seeking professional pest management assistance when needed, you can protect your home and enjoy peace of mind all year round.

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