Black bug / travel in pairs

Asked May 6, 2018, 3:58 PM EDT

Can you tell me what these are. We got a large infestation of these. Some fly and others walk on ground in pairs. They showed up on May 6 while it was warm. Like they hatched. Area was around pool near mulch.

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They are termites. Here is section from the University of Kentucky publication ENTFACT-604.
Spring typically is when large numbers of winged termites, known as "swarmers," emerge inside homes. In nature, termites swarm to disperse and start new colonies. Triggered by warmer temperatures and rainfall, the winged termites emerge from the colony and fly into the air.

The swarmers then drop to the ground, shed their wings, pair off with a mate, and attempt to begin new colonies in the soil. Few swarmers emerging outdoors survive to start new colonies. Swarmers emerging indoors are incapable of eating wood, seldom survive, and are best removed with a vacuum. They do, however, indicate that an infestation is present.