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Alate or better known as laron for most Indonesians is the scientific name for flying termites and/or winged termites, which also part of the reproductive stage termites that you commonly see before and after the rain falls.
Learn more on termites castes and their roles in colony here
During the rainy seasons, a group of flying termites often found flying around the source of light, like your house light or street lights before they finally land on the ground and discards off their wings to procreate and set up new colonies.
Unfortunately, many people not aware the presence of the laron is actually more than just disruptive flying insects during the rainy seasons, yet it also becomes the distinctive warning signs that termites are in or near your home.
Let's go over the basics stuff about flying termites or alate!
Below how to identify how does flying termite or laron look like in Indonesia:
Below is the picture of flying termites
As the name suggests, subterranean termites come from underneath the ground, deep in the soil through your building foundations. Whereas dry wood termites are often found entering houses through the attic since these types of termites only require a little moisture to survive.
Laron emerges in large numbers when the ambient air temperatures start to rise, such as during rainstorm followed by sunny warm weather. Flying termites can be found across Indonesia, and they prefer an average warm temperature of 25-28 degrees.
This change in temperature triggers the winged termites to emerge from their nest (within some form of timber) to embark on a nuptial flight.
Yes, flying termites are like the other nocturnal flying insects that highly lured to the source lights. This is the main reason why you will most often find many of them swarming under the street lamp or porch light. If you’re unlucky, they also able to find openings near windowsills, doors and vents to get inside your home.
No, flying termites doesn't bite, sting or harm humans in any way, yet they simply create nuisance inside the home. But you have to remember, the presence of winged termites at home is a sure sign that an infestation is brewing.
It’s common to see flying termites swarming around the source of lights for couple minutes before flying termites wings fall off and start crawling wingless on the ground. Once the wings are discarded, the termite will never fly again but rather they are ready to start the process of creating a new colony.
The presence of flying termites can be quite distressing for any homeowners, but the best thing you can do to prevent flying termites by turn off all your lights, both indoor and outdoor lighting overnight - to make your home less attractive for flying termites to come during the swarming season.
However, if you find flying termites increasingly annoying, it’s strongly recommended to immediately call the local termite expert to identify the pest and the extent of the problem at your property, despite its termite season or not.