Swarming termites along the Coast – WXXV News 25

Posted: May 13, 2021 at 1:51 am

The large swarms of termites are back along South Mississippi and have residents bugging out.

Swarming season starts right before Mothers Day each year and this year is no different. This is the time of year when termites find new homes and start new colonies.

The type of termites that many are dealing with are known as Formosan termites. In the winter, the termites overpopulate and when May hits the termites colonize and so does population control.

Entomologist Bruno Milanese of Bay Pest Controls give News 25 more details on Formosan termites. These particular termites do not actually eat wood themselves, they are just reproductive, and they dont carry diseases and they dont bite but nobody really likes 100 termites landing on them in the evening time. They are attracted to light. So, if you turn off the lights on the exterior of the home, close the windows that will reduce it, that wont stop it. Majority of these will stay outside. They only fly for a short period of time. They lose their wings and then the male and females attempt to mate and then get back into to ground.

Milanese says you only need to be concerned about Formosan termites when there are hundreds inside of your home.

Janae Jordan is from Prichard,Alabama. Janae graduated from Troy University in 2020 with a Masters in Strategic Communications and in 2019 with a Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism . While at Troy University she was an anchor, producer and reporter for the on campus news station. Janae was also a social media ambassador for the universitys social media pages and blog page. Janae worked as an Associate Producer in Mobile, Alabama before joining our news team. Janae is excited to meet new people, explore the area, and tell impactful stories.

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