Termites swarm from their colony to disburse, fall to the ground, find mates, and start new colonies in the soil.
Through May, we may see swarms of winged termites, called swarmers, inside our home, signaling an infestation that can cause extensive and costly damage. Since swarmers are attracted to light, we often see them or their shed wings around windows, doors and light fixtures.
Winged ants are also common in springtime. By examining the insect, you can determine whether it is a termite or an ant: