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Termite Swarming Season

Post by PeteC » Fri Apr 24, 2015 4:12 am

Given the comment on the weather thread that something is swarming in Hua Hin at the moment, I'll post the ant vs termite comparison photo again so everyone is clear. More photo comparisons between the two can be found by doing a Google search. Pete :cheers:
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Re: Termite Swarming Season

Post by Big Boy » Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:11 am

Unusually, the main swarm here was around midday yesterday. I took my wife and son's girlfriend to see the big Buddha yesterday. On the way home I found myself driving through clouds of the little beasties.
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Re: Termite Swarming Season

Post by dundrillin » Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:00 am

Yes termites,wings are the same size. Now for the clean up !

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Re: Termite Swarming Season

Post by PeteC » Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:14 pm

As to those inside your house especially if an owner, I would have some professional check out your baseboards, cabinets and any other wooden fixture in the house. If a door or window wasn't fully open last night and they were flying inside, that means they emerged from something or someplace inside the house.

A swarm happens usually once a year in May or April when a colony gets too large and the Queen kicks out all the juveniles to start their own colonies. That means the original group is still in the house. :( Pete
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Re: Termite Swarming Season

Post by dundrillin » Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:48 pm

I think they came in from outside. Most were either killed last night or were dead in the morning. The gulleys at the base of the widows were jam packed this morning but the vacuum cleaner sorted them out, hopefully there are not some survivors lurking about. House was professionally treated a couple of weeks ago.

Next query ---- what are the bright red beetles called that have suddenly appeared? They often go about in twos seemingly stuck together so I suppose it's mating season ( I remember it well ) I have taken a picture with my IPad but am ignorant about how to get it on here a question for the digital section I think, or the the search bit.

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Re: Termite Swarming Season

Post by PeteC » Thu May 19, 2016 2:23 am

Bumping this for this season as with the heavy rain we had last night we are under full termite and flying ant attack tonight. Millions of them. :alien: I'm sure they'll be in Hua Hin sooner or later as heavy rain is forecast for there next week. Pete :cheers:

prcscct wrote:Given the comment on the weather thread that something is swarming in Hua Hin at the moment, I'll post the ant vs termite comparison photo again so everyone is clear. More photo comparisons between the two can be found by doing a Google search. Pete :cheers:
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Re: Termite Swarming Season

Post by Big Boy » Thu May 19, 2016 7:42 am

Is my Ladybird Book of Insects wrong or are there 3 types of termites i.e. small medium and large? They seem to swarm in that order.

This year the small ones actually swarmed in early January, and the medium ones swarmed nightly from mid January until mid March - I've never known swarming like we had with the medium beasties here this year. The big brutes will come out to play if the rains actually arrive in Hua Hin, and usually come out to play for about 3 weeks.
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Re: Termite Swarming Season

Post by PeteC » Thu May 19, 2016 7:52 am

Not sure. We only get the small and large here from what I've seen. Last night was the first night for anything this year over this side. The ones you get Jan - Mar are perhaps illegal immigrants from across the border? :duck: Pete :cheers:
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Re: Termite Swarming Season

Post by Big Boy » Thu May 19, 2016 8:08 am

Yes, I don't know anybody else in Hua Hin that has been attacked the way we have been this year either. I put it down to the jungle opposite our house being cleared in December having disturbed something.

Fortunately, after the attempt to site a zoo outside our house was foiled, the jungle is ready to take back over as soon as the rains eventually arrive.
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Re: Termite Swarming Season

Post by PeteC » Tue May 16, 2017 5:00 am

I resurrect our yearly thread with appropriate diagrams above distinguishing the difference between a flying ant and a termite. Here in the east the yearly swarms started two days ago in conjunction with the heavy rains we've been getting. I imagine Hua Hin is not far behind once some significant nighttime showers start.

I've initiated blackouts at night meaning no exterior house lighting except roadside and it helps. The toads and lizards are now smiling and getting fat. :shock: :thumb: Pete :cheers:
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Re: Termite Swarming Season

Post by Gregjam » Tue May 16, 2017 7:20 am

Does fitting LED lights reduce the amount of flying ants or termites. I read that it severely reduces biting insects but not mosquitoes (they use scent to find their dinner) and was wondering if this also applies in this case.

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Re: Termite Swarming Season

Post by PeteC » Tue May 16, 2017 8:00 am

^ I've never heard or read of it. They'll go to any light like a magnet, drop their wings and fall, and start to look for a mate. The flying ants are good, they attack the termites. Pete :cheers:
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Re: Termite Swarming Season

Post by Big Boy » Tue May 16, 2017 8:20 am

My son has LED lights that he uses as emergency lighting. I don't know why, but we get attacked by termites about 6 months of the year. If the swarm is particularly bad he puts the LED lights on and switches the main lights off. The light still attracts the termites, but you can concentrate them into particular areas with LED lights, so they do have some advantage.
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Re: Termite Swarming Season

Post by Gregjam » Tue May 16, 2017 1:28 pm

I have fitted the LED lamps in the fittings either side of the entrance gate so next time they swarm I will turn off the other lights and see if this helps distract them.

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