Thank goodness the warmer weather is finally here! We had
a pretty mild winter, but it is still nice to get outside and enjoy
the activities that come with the spring. Unfortunately, it's
also time to think about one of the not-so-nice effects of the
warmer temperatures as well. Termites! While termites
are active year-round, in the spring they emerge from underground
in "swarms" to reproduce and form new colonies. Given the
milder than normal winter temperatures we experienced, termite
colonies are expected to be at an all-time high this year.
Many homeowners think that just because they don't see termites
in or around their home means they don't have them, but that just
isn't the case. Termite activity could still be happening
below the surface and once inside your home they will chew 24 hours
a day through concrete, wood, carpeting, floors and even
wallpaper. These destructive pests cause more than $5 billion
in structural damage every year, most of which is not covered by
homeowners insurance. We at Arrow Exterminators are
encouraging homeowners to learn more about termites in an effort to
protect their families and property.
A termite swarm is usually the first time a homeowner becomes
aware of a potential problem, however termites are most often
present in a home well before they swarm. Other evidence of a
termite infestation includes mud tunneling in, over and under wood
structures; the darkening or blistering of wood; and/or damaged
wood becoming extremely thin. If you suspect you have any of
these signs, a pest professional should be contacted
immediately. Additionally, we recommend that homeowners have
their property inspected annually by someone licensed and trained
to spot termite activity and potential termite damage.
Below are steps you can take to help prevent a termite
infestation this spring:
- Termites are attracted to moisture so eliminate any moisture
around your foundation and divert water away from the house by
using proper downspouts and gutters.
- Seal all cracks and holes around the exterior perimeter of your
home including the areas where utilities and pipes enter.
Termites only need 1/32 of an inch to gain access.
- Don't stack firewood or other lumber near your home and inspect
it carefully before bringing it inside.
- Keep tree branches, shrubs and ground covering well trimmed and
away from the house.
- Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation.
- Have your home inspected annually by a licensed pest
professional who specializes in termite control
Here's to a wonderful spring for all and we hope this
information will help protect your family and home from termites