Termites Thrive Through All Weather Conditions
As the spring sun begins to shine, we all look forward to putting this season's very wet weather behind us. According to pest experts from Arrow Exterminators, the wet winter will be a perfect breeding ground for pests, and termites are no exception. Long considered one of the most prevalent and damaging pests in the South, termites are forecasted to cause more than $5 billion in property damage this year alone. And that damage, says Arrow's pest expert Shay Runion, is not usually covered by homeowners' insurance. Runion encourages homeowners to learn more about termites to protect their most important investment - their home.
Subterranean, drywood and Formosan termites are the most common termites found in the south. These termites usually become active in early spring, flourishing as soon as temperatures begin to heat up, and continuing throughout the summer. Once they enter the home, termites can tunnel 24 hours a day through cracks in concrete, wood, carpeting, floors and wallpaper.
Runion explains that while termite behavioral patterns have changed over the years, the absence of typical "swarming" signs doesn't mean there is no termite activity happening in the soil below the foundation of your home. Evidence of mud tunneling in, over and under wood structures; darkening or blistering of wood; or damaged wood becoming extremely thin are all tell-tale signs of a termite infestation, and require the immediate attention of a pest professional.
"It's important for homeowners to understand, that our below normal temperatures will not slow termite activity this spring," says Runion. "Termites are always active in the spring, regardless of the winter weather, so it is imperative that homeowners get an inspection early. Once a termite infestation begins, they work quickly causing significant property damage."
Arrow Exterminators suggests taking the following steps to help prevent termites 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.
Arrow protects homes from termites with the STEPSâ„¢ Total Protection System, an industry-leading process that utilizes Integrated Pest Management. STEPS includes a full inspection of home and property 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 help prevent any future recurrence.