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I was called out to a house in Toms River over the weekend. The customer had found flying insects in the kitchen. I assumed the customer had done some research before calling, because the appointment was set up for "termite swarmers.” I must admit, my initial reaction was "There is no way he is having a termite swarm in February.”

Spring typically is when large numbers of winged termites, known as "swarmers"emerge inside homes. In nature termites swarm to disperse and start new colonies. Triggered by warm weather and rainfall, the winged termites emerge from the colony and fly into the air. The swarmers then drop to the ground, shed their wings, pair of with a mate, and attempt to begin new colonies in the soil. 

Swarmers emerging indoors cannot make it to the soil to burrow and start a new colony, so they will simply die off, but seeing swarmers is a great indication of a termite problem under or around the home. In this case, after identifying the sample the customer had saved for me, I started my inspection in the crawl space. I

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