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Termites can be one of the most troublesome pests people have to deal with around the St. Louis area. These bugs will slowly eat away at homes and buildings and can cause a lot of damage if the problem is ignored and left untreated.

At Arenz Pest Management, we have spent the last two decades developing a comprehensive termite control solution that will work with a wide variety of termite species. No matter how severe your termite infestation is, our experienced St. Louis pest control specialists know just how to help!

How Long Does Termite Season Last In St. Louis?

When a termite colony starts to grow and become extremely large, the reproductive termites, called alates, will fly away from their colony to look for a place to build a new colony. The alates are the only termites with wings. And while they are able to fly, they can only fly short distances at a time. Usually, the swarmer termites never travel more than a mile away from their original colony. 

These flying termites will wait until the cold weather is completely gone before they try to leave their colony. The time when they go and look for a new place to live is commonly referred to as "swarmer season." In St. Louis, the swarmer season starts around April and will last until the middle or end of June. 

If you see swarmer termites around your property, it means that they are looking for a mate and a safe place to build a nest. Once they find a mate, they will discard their wings and become the new queen and king of their very own colony.

However, just because you are more likely to see termites in the open during this mating season doesn't mean termites in St. Louis aren't active during other parts of the year. The rest of the colony toils day and night throughout the year.

Unsubtle Signs Of Termite Damage 

If you see termite swarmers or their discarded wings around your home, there is a good chance that you already have a termite infestation nearby. Some of the other unsubtle signs of a termite infestation include:

  • Brittle or soft wooden surfaces around your home.
  • Jagged or uneven wood that has tiny holes around rough areas.
  • Small piles of sawdust-like material, which are actually termite droppings.
  • Mud tubes made by subterranean termites.
  • Blistered or dark-colored spots on the wood.

While termites can cause a lot of damage to your property if they are allowed to stay around your home for a long period of time, the damage is usually gradual. It can take years before you start seeing any significant results from termites in your home. Unfortunately, once these signs become apparent, expensive repairs may be in order.

Don't Try To Get Rid Of Termites On Your Own

If you have not undergone special training or have experience dealing with termites, there is a good chance that you will not be able to stop a termite infestation on your own. The type of treatment you need will depend on the species of termite you are dealing with. Also, many of the chemicals you can purchase in stores or online will only cause termites to hide in the deepest part of their nest, which could eventually make the infestation worse. 

What Is The Most Effective Termite Control Method?

If you are looking for a fast and easy way to eliminate termites from your St. Louis property, give us a call today. At Arenz Pest Management, we go above and beyond to ensure termites leave your property quickly. We will also work with you to come up with a customized termite control and prevention plan to keep these destructive bugs from returning in the future.

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