The Southeast is experiencing its typical swarming of termites, but that doesn’t make it any less disturbing to residents. Termites flood neighborhoods in swarms of hundreds and even thousands. These termites are not hiding, but are flying into people’s hair and homes, much like a horror movie might depict.
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The U.N. says eating more insects could be good for you and the world, but don’t try telling that right now to residents of the Southeast. They’re in the middle of termite swarm season, an annual rite of spring where the tiny creatures invade neighborhoods in groups of hundreds — sometimes even thousands.
In scenes perhaps reminiscent of a B horror movie, clouds of the winged insects have taken flight, buzzing around streetlights, entering homes and flying into people’s hair. One U.K. tabloid dubbed the pesky affair “termite apocalypse.”
But it’s far from the end of the world: Scientists say the critters are merely going through an annual ritual, flying about in swarms to try and find a mate and start a new colony. The swarms themselves aren’t harmful to humans, but they can be an unnerving sight. And if huge numbers appear inside the home, that could indicate a serious infestation problem. Continue reading…