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03/09/2011

TERMITES SWARM IN FOR SPRING

Arrow Exterminators Cautions Homeowners to Maintain Vigilance in Protecting Homes from Termites

Whether the housing market is a boom or a bust, it's important for all current and prospective homeowners to be aware of one of spring's most dangerous pests - termites. With a potential to cause more than $5 billion in structural damages each year most often not covered by homeowners' insurance, Arrow Exterminators encourages homeowners to learn more about termites to protect their investment.

"One of the biggest misconceptions about termites is that if you don't see them, you don't have them. This is simply not true. Just because there aren't typical 'swarming' signs, it doesn't mean that termite activity isn't happening below the surface of the home," said Shay Runion, Arrow Pest Expert. "Homeowners should have their home inspected annually by a licensed professional for signs of termite activity."

Subterranean, drywood and Formosan termites are the most common types of termites. They usually become active in early spring emerging from underground to reproduce and form new colonies. They flourish as soon as temperatures begin to rise and are known to resurge after a rainfall as they are attracted to moisture. With an ability to chew through wood, carpeting, floors and even wallpaper, termites can quickly invade a home. If evidence of a termite infestation is suspected such as mud tunneling in, over and under wood structures; the darkening or blistering of wood; or damaged wood becoming extremely thin, a pest professional should be contacted immediately.

With spring right around the corner and "April showers" not that far away, Arrow Exterminators recommends taking the following proactive termite control measures to prevent against an infestation:

  • Eliminate moisture around foundations. Also, divert water from the house by using proper downspouts and gutters since termites are attracted to water;
  • Seal cracks and holes to prevent termite entry, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home;
  • Do not stack firewood or lumber near the home, and always inspect it carefully before bringing indoors;
  • Keep tree branches, shrubbery and ground covering well trimmed and away from the house;
  • Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation; and
  • Invest in 24/7/365 protection, such as the new Sentricon® termite colony elimination system with Always Activeâ„¢ technology.

Arrow protects homes from infestations with the STEPS® Total Protection System, an industry-leading process that utilizes Integrated Pest Management. STEPS includes a full home and property evaluation to pinpoint pest control issues; identification of not only the pest, but the true cause of the problem; and treatment in the most environmentally responsible way to alleviate current issues and to help prevent future recurrences.