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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Unseasonably Cold Temperatures Will Not Eliminate Spring Termite Risks

Shay Runion

The arrival of spring's warmer temperatures also means the arrival of spring pests. The wet conditions we experienced this winter provided the prefect breeding ground for one of our region's most dangerous pests, termites. Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage every year, despite cold temperatures. And the damage incurred by termites is often an expense that is not covered by homeowners' insurance.

Termites chew through structures 24-hours a day and can be found in various places throughout the home including concrete, wood, carpeting, floors and even wallpaper.

Because a termite infestation may be hard to control, it is important for homeowners to be vigilant now in protecting their homes. Arrow Exterminators encourages homeowners to always be on the lookout for signs of termite infestation, including:

  • Evidence of mud tunneling in, over and under wood structures;
  • Wooden structures exhibit darkening or blistering;
  • Damaged wood becoming extremely thin.

If you suspect a termite infestation, contact your local Arrow pest control professional immediately to set up an inspection. Once a termite infestation begins, significant damage can be caused quickly.

Prevent termites from entering your home by following these simple tips:

  • Eliminate moisture around foundations. Also, divert water from the house by using proper downspouts and gutters because termites are attracted to water.
  • Seal cracks and holes, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home.
  • Do not stack firewood or lumber near home, and inspect it carefully before bringing it indoors.
  • Keep tree branches, shrubbery and ground covering well trimmed and away from the house.
  • Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation.


 

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