Termites have a notorious reputation. People are easily repulsed by the very notion. Termites can quickly turn your home or business into a costly renovating project. With their powers to destroy wood, not only can they influence your building’s structure, but they can assault your wood furnishings as well. Termites can infest your landscaping and easily spread to your home or business. Termites can go undetected for a while, but sooner or later, the tell-tale signs will be there.
Frequently asked questions
1. When are termites most active?
A: Termites appear to be more active in spring because that is when mature swarming termites move out of colony to begin a new one, generally nearby. But termites are determined to cause damage all year long. It is estimated that across the United States, termites cause approximately $5 billion each year.
2. What is a termite swarm and should I be worried if I see one near my Sturbridge MA house?
A: Swarmers are the termites that reproduce and move on to create new colonies in the springtime. They nest in spring, but the colony generally needs to be fairly mature and well established to produce the swarmers. If termites swarmers are noticed, chances are there is a colony 5-7 years old nearby. Call the professionals immediately.
3. What is the Difference Between a Termite and Flying Ant?
A: It is true that termite swarmers and flying ants are easily confused. Termites thrive in warm, humid climates, but are found everywhere throughout the U.S. except Alaska. Flying ants are typically more active in the summer where swarm termites are active in spring. The best way to be certain is to get a professional to assess the situation and determine the infestation you are dealing with.
4. If my neighbor has termites, should I still be worried?
A: Termites are subtle and stealthy. Often the structure damage goes unnoticed. But tell-tale signs could still be there. Infestations can manifest mud tubes and piles of discarded wings. After swarmers begin the new colony towards the end of spring, they will shed their wings and piles could be noticed. If there is anywhere that soil comes into contact with your home, it could provide termites with a discreet entry.
5. What termite prevention steps can homeowners take?
A: Gutters should be cleaned and maintained regularly. Downspouts should be directed away from the home to avoid excess water. Avoid storing mulch or allowing soil debris from building up close to the siding on your home. Keep dirt from accumulating on your porches. Keep crawl spaces clear. Termites travel through soil, and if they can make contact with wood, they can easily infest your home.