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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- During the months of September and October, homeowners are advised to be on the lookout for termite swarms.

Experts say a termite swarm is often the first noticeable sign of an infestation, which can lead to large amounts of structural damage to a home. Even though in the spring there is a lot of insect activity, experts tell WFMY News 2 the warm temperatures in the fall triggers termites to swarm.

Chase Hazelwood with Go-Forth Pest and Lawn in High Point says the best way to avoid termites for people to have their homes under an active termite protection service and to have had their home pre-treated during construction.

Chase says termite swarms often appear as large groups of small black insects in the ample sunlight (window sills, the frame around the glass front door). Another sign of active termites are "mud tubes" that look like raised tunnels running vertically on your foundation walls.

Hazelwood also said he tries to remind homeowners that swarming is the process by which termites are trying to reproduce. The colony remains active and feeding all year round. He urges people not to wait for a swarm to get termite protection.

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