Termite swarmers are winged termites. Their main role is to reproduce and create new colonies. Swarmers can range in color from black to yellow depending on their species. They are a big indication of termite activity – if you see them in or around your home, there is a good chance there’s termite activity in need of professional attention.

Unfortunately, swarmers are commonly mistaken for flying ants. Catching swarmer activity early will help minimize the termite damage. Knowing the difference and being able to properly identify swarmers will save homeowners money, time, and frustration.


  • Straight antennae
  • Broad waist
  • Two sets of equal length wings

Flying ants:

  • Elbow shaped antenna
  • Hourglass waist
  • Two sets of unequal length wings

Once termite treatment has been provided for your home, it’s important to take preventative steps for the future. Termite monitoring and annual termite treatment should be performed on the home. Other tips to help prevent termite swarmers include:

  • Ensure tree stumps are removed from your property – they can become a home for termites
  • Don’t keep piles of wood directly next to your home
  • Remove sources of moisture such as broken downspouts or leaky pipes
  • If you see holes/cracks in the slab from termite swarmers, place tape over it until the professionals can arrive – closing off their entryway will minimize the termite reproduction.

If you think you have any termite issues on your property, call May Exterminating at 910-455-5888 and one of our friendly and qualified technicians will be happy to come and perform a free termite inspection and estimate for you.