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Old 09-07-2009, 10:30 PM
 
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I'm new to SA and a "new" homeowner. Never seen a termite, or swarming termite before. My dad seems to know though. I took a pic but not very close up to see the details.

On a recent evening (after the rain), a swarm of termites (I think), came by the patio and landed on the sliding screen door. We hosed them down with a hose and left them on the concrete patio floor. The next day, only the wings were left. Didn't see much of the bodies. Hope they didn't survive, mate, and burrow down into the house. A few came into the house but we killed those.

They had rather large wings, brown wings, brown body (larger than the typical small black ants I see). They kind of look like swarming (drywood?) termites from what I searched on the web. Before my dad told me about them, I thought they were just moths or flies.

Now the questions:

* Do you think I should get a termite inspection to be safe? Haven't seen any termites prior to the swarm. Or not to worry (yet)

* Are swarming termites common in SA? I'm around the 1604 & Culebra area. I read they are a common occurrence in places in Hawaii.
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Old 09-08-2009, 10:51 PM
 
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Default Termites in San Antonio

Here's a good place to start:

Termite Control | Termite Pest Control
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Old 09-08-2009, 11:54 PM
 
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Here's a good place to start:

Termite Control | Termite Pest Control
That's a really neat map.....but I also realize it's a good marketing tool. It does tell you when termites tend to swarm and it looks like the Spring the the season for termite swarming. Not that they aren't active right now, but this time of year is more moderate.

I'm not sure there is anywhere in the states where termites are not a problem.

There is a type of winged ant that looks very much like a termite. If you catch any of them save them in a little jar (dead or alive) and ask your pest control service.
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Old 09-09-2009, 10:55 AM
 
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It was most likely winged ants. Termites don't normally show up on your screens out of the blue. They're underground and in your walls.

There's no place in SA that you're immune to termites, but this most likely wasn't them. Next time you see one, catch it and look at it's wings. Both winged ants and termites have two sets of wings. With termites, all four wings are the exact same size. With winged ants, the top pair is noticeably longer than the bottom pair.
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:56 AM
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With the wide variety of pests in this sub-tropical climate, every San Antonio homeowner should get regular perimeter treatments from a pest control company, unless they prefer DIY treatments. If you're not treating yet, now would be a good time to get on a treatment plan. Get the technician to do a termite inspection on his/her initial visit, just so you'll have some peace of mind about that.
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Old 09-09-2009, 12:06 PM
 
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Thanks for the input. Had a local pest control company and Orkin come by for a quick look. Both didn't think I had any problem. I'll just be more watchful from now on and catch a sample if a see them again.

The Orkin guy said those were agricultural (or desert) termites that feed on grass/lawn. Anybody heard of or seen agricultural termites around here?

The other pest control folks thought they might be drywood termites and probably flew over from the uninhabited field of trees across from the house.
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Old 09-09-2009, 12:52 PM
 
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Thanks for the input. Had a local pest control company and Orkin come by for a quick look. Both didn't think I had any problem. I'll just be more watchful from now on and catch a sample if a see them again.

The Orkin guy said those were agricultural (or desert) termites that feed on grass/lawn. Anybody heard of or seen agricultural termites around here?

The other pest control folks thought they might be drywood termites and probably flew over from the uninhabited field of trees across from the house.
Agricultural termites? I would call them subterranean termites. There are some areas in my large backyard that have dead grass and they like to put mud tubing around the dead stalks to hide from the heat and eat at their leisure. I'll be spraying the ground this week to give them something to drink.


Eastern Subterranean Termites
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Old 09-09-2009, 02:22 PM
 
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There are Ag termites or desert termites and they are not considered wood destroying. Just have an inspection done every year and if someone tries to sell you a treatment get 2 to 3 more inspections and estimates.
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