TERMITES SWARM IN LIKE A FASTBALL THIS SPRING
Arrow Exterminators Warns Homeowners of the Effects of Termites
and Encourages Them to Protect Their Homes
With our very mild winter coming to an end and all the exciting
activities of spring like baseball season underway, it is 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 and Arrow
Exterminators urges homeowners to learn more about them in an
effort to protect their homes. Estimated to cause more than $5
billion in structural damage each year most of which is not covered
by homeowner's insurance, termites are very treacherous spring
pests. Subterranean, drywood and Formosan termites, the most common
termites in the south, become active in the spring, flourishing as
soon as temperatures begin to heat up, and continuing through the
summer. Given the mild winter we experienced, termite colony
populations are expected to be at an all-time high this year. Once
inside a home, termites can chew 24 hours a day through concrete,
wood, carpeting, floors and wallpaper.
Swarms occur when termites seek to expand their territory and
form new colonies. Not surprisingly, this is usually the first time
a homeowner becomes aware of a potential infestation in the home,
however termites are most often present in a home 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."
When it comes to termite control, Arrow Exterminators hits the
ball out of the park and 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 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 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.
• Invest in 24/7/365 protection, such as the new Sentricon®
Termite Colony Elimination System with Always Active™