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Can Termites Fly?



Termites CAN fly.

More Info: During the adult state of a termite’s lifecycle, worker termites have wings and can fly. During the late winter or early spring, you may witness swarms of termites emerging to gather around a light source such as a door or porch light. Once they have swarmed, they will break off their wings and pair up with a mate. If near a home, the two will then attempt to find a spot to start a new colony where wood meets with soil.

If the swarm occurs within your home, it is unlikely that many will survive to start new colonies but is a clear indication that you have a serious termite infestation in need of a professional exterminator.


Potter, Mike, and Extension Entomologist. “Protecting Your Home Against Termites | University of Kentucky Entomology.” Learning, Discovery, Service | in the College of Agriculture. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2011. <>.

“Biology of Subterranean Termites in the Eastern United States.” Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Ohio State University, n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2011. <>.

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