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03/18/2013

TERMITE SWARM SEASON IN FULL SWING

Arrow Exterminators Encourages Homeowners to Protect Their Homes from This Voracious Pest

As our mild winter comes to an end and we begin to enjoy the activities of spring, it is also time to think about some of the not-so-nice effects of the warmer weather as well.  Termites are beginning to swarm in a big way in our area and Arrow Exterminators urges homeowners to learn more about this destructive pest in an effort to protect their homes. Termites cause over $5 billion in structural damage each year most of which is not covered by homeowner's insurance.  Subterranean, drywood and Formosan termites, the most common termites in our area, become active in the spring, really flourishing as soon as temperatures begin to rise, and continuing throughout the summer. Adding in the mild winter we experienced, termite colony populations are expected to be at an all-time high again this year.  Once inside a home, termites can chew 24 hours a day through concrete, wood, carpeting, floors and wallpaper.

Swarming is usually the first time a homeowner becomes aware of a potential problem and occurs as termites are seeking to expand their colonies.  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.  In all circumstances a pest professional should be contacted immediately.  Additionally, Arrow recommends that homeowners have their property inspected by a licensed professional annually to protect their families and their investment.

"Once a termite infestation begins, it can quickly cause significant property damage so it's imperative that homeowners get an inspection early," says Shay Runion, Arrow Pest Expert. "Many homeowners believe that termites don't exist simply because they can't see them. However, the absence of typical "swarming" signs doesn't mean there is no termite activity happening below the surface of a home."

Arrow Exterminators offers these tips to help prevent a termite infestation this spring:

  • Eliminate moisture around foundations.  Also, divert water from the house by using proper downspouts and gutters because termites are attracted to moisture.
  • Seal cracks and holes, to prevent termite entry, 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.
  • Have your home inspected annually by a licensed pest professional who specializes in termite control
  • Consider installing a 24/7/365 protection system, such as the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System with Always Activeâ„¢ technology.