Termite Swarm Season Is Here
Termites are active year-round; however, spring is always prime termite season. This time of year, termite swarms emerge to mate and establish new colonies. A well-developed termite colony consumes an average of 100 pounds of wood annually. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not realize they have a termite problem until the damage is already done. A homeowner who is dealing with a termite infestation can expect to pay upwards of $8,000 for termite treatment and repairing the damages to their home.
Look for Signs of Termites
The biggest reason termite infestations cause so much damage Is that they go unnoticed by homeowners. Knowing what to look for, can possibly save yourself from costly repairs in the future.
Discarded Wings – When a new king and queen leave their original colony to form a new one, they grow wings and form a termite swarm. Termites then shed their wings and mate once they find a suitable location. Piles of discarded termite wings can be an indicator of an infestation.
Termite Tunnels – Small holes in walls or floors with sawdust like material present nearby is an indicator that termites are tunneling into your home.
Cracking or Blistering Paint – When termites dig into wood, they push the wood surrounding their tunnels outward, causing paint on the surface to shift. Long paint cracks are a good sign that termite have made a home in your walls.
Mud Tubes – These structures are a sign of subterranean termite, which live underground. These “termite highways” connect colonies to food sources. They normally appear where your home foundation meets the ground. They can also be spotted inside your walls and baseboards.
Hollow Wood – When termites tunnel through wood, they weaken its structure. Wood damaged by termites will produce a hollow sound when tapped.
Steps to Protect Your Home from Termites
Do-it-yourself termite treatments have warnings on their labels signifying that they are not meant to be standalone treatments. With smaller problems like ants or spiders, DIY is more feasible. But with termites, the preservation of your home is not worth the risk.
Although termites cannot be controlled through DIY measures, homeowners can implement a few strategies to help protect their home against infestation:
Keep the Area Around Your Home Clean – plants, mulch and wood not only provide a suitable environment for termites but also provides access to your home.
Trim Shrubbery – Allowing 12 inches between the shrubbery and your home. This will allow damp areas to dry quicker.
Remove Moisture – Subterranean Termites need a consistent source of moisture to survive. Ensure sprinkler heads are pointed away from your home. Make sure storm drains empty away from the foundation of your home and repair leaky pipes and faucets around the house.
Seal Up Cracks – Since termites can fit through a space about the thickness of a credit card, ensure all cracks around your house are sealed, including doors and windows.
Replace Mulch – Termites do not like the taste of pine needles, replace any mulch with pine needles.
Schedule Regular Termite Inspections & Invest In Prevention Treatment Plan
When it comes to termites and protecting your biggest investment, call the termite control professionals. Beebe’s Pest & Termite Control knows all the tips to prevent and treat termite infestations. We are a family owned and operated company who have been helping customers in our community for over 40 years. Protect your home and schedule a termite inspection with us today.
We will inspect your home for termites and identify and treat if an infestation is present. Schedule a termite inspection with a professional pest control company. Beebe’s Pest & Termite Control will protect your home and get rid of your termite infestation for good.
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