The warm spring weather urges trees to bud, flowers to sprout, and termites in search of “new” housing, particularly winter weathered homes.
This past winter brought record snowfall and spring is bringing records rains, leaving many homes with damage to walls, ceilings and insulation, and creating moisture that attracts termites.
Termites are known as “silent destroyers” because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected. Swarmers, looking to start a new colony, are typically the first sign of termite season as these winged-pests show up inside homes in early spring. It’s important that homeowners do not mistake swarmers for flying ants, as the two species look alike to an untrained eye. Discarded wings near windowsills and doors are often a sign that swarmers have already found their way in.
The National Pest Management Association offers these tips:
- Inspect perimeter of a home for rotting wood and mud tubes.
- Avoid water accumulation near the home’s foundation.
- Never bury wood scraps in the yard. If the home is newly built, remove any remaining grade stakes.
- Keep mulch at least 12 inches from the foundation.
If you suspect an infestation in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.