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Termite Swarmers Spell End to Dry Season

Termite Swarmers Spell End to Dry Season

By Dr. Lee S. Yudin, Ph.D.
Pacific Daily News
June 27, 1998

El Nino – when will this drought ever end?

When the termites swarm in the evening sky,

this dryness will come to an end.

The effects of El Nino on Guam and throughout Micronesia have been evident during these past six months with very little precipitation. Many people ask, when will the rains begin? For many of my clients and friends, I have suggested they watch for the termite swarmers, which will appear in the early evening sky circling around street or house lights. In fact, over the past few weeks, termite swarmers have been the prelude to the initial rains that have started to replenish the needed moisture for our plants and lawns. In my neighborhood, I have yet to see a huge mass of ascending termites that would indicate the true rainy season is upon us. However, in years past, when mass numbers of termite swarmers appear, the true rainy season will soon follow.

            Termite swarms normally occur after sunset on warm, humid, calm evenings. Dampness, in the form of rain, is necessary for survival of most termites; the best time to start a new colony is just prior to the onset of the rainy season.

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