Spring is the time when the most common termites known as subterranean termites “swarm” or send out winged termites to start new colonies. Often this is the first sign to a homeowner that a termite problem exists. Make no mistake that termites can cause serious damage. In fact, the National Pest Management Association estimates that termites cause over five billion dollars in damage each year just in the United States. Visible swarmers may number in the hundreds typically emerging on warm spring days or whenever there are changes in barometric pressure. You might also find just wings after a swarm as this is the result of swarmers breaking off their wings prior to mating. Detecting and controlling termites is a job for a pest professional. A thorough inspection is the first and most important step. “Experienced” eyes can locate signs in the specific areas in and around your home where a termite infestation is likely to occur. In addition to swarmers, another sign of termite infestation is straw-sized diameter or large mud tubes running across bare concrete or masonry between the soil and any wooden part of your home either inside of out. Sentry is a proud authorized agent of the Sentricon Always Baited Termite System offering colony elimination and peace of mind knowing your home is protected by an environmentally responsible system and winner of the national Green Chemistry Award. Call our office at (973) 697-7979 if you suspect a problem or would like more information.