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
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
"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 STEPS™ 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.