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
"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