Spring is such a refreshing time of year. The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, the trees are budding and the bugs are re-emerging. Undoubtedly one of the downsides to this time of year is when bugs set up residence on your property or even inside your home. It takes diligence to look for signs that you may have a pest problem lurking in your home. Pest control is a year round issue, but this time of year is the time that insects set up house in new areas, and in new homes. One of the insects you need to be on the lookout for is the swarming termite.
Did you know that termites swarm? That’s right, some termites have wings and those are called “swarming termites”. They swarm because the colony they inhabit is overcrowded or they simply need a new area to set up camp. Swarmers are the first step in the termite reproductive cycle, so if you see any around your home you know that other termites are nearby and more termites are to come.
Termites primarily eat wood, and thrive in moist environments. Many termites live underground and these are called subterranean termites. They build nests in wet wood and tunnel through the soil in search of more wet wood to create more nests and feed. They lurk in trees, decaying wood, branches and anything else made out of wood, including elements of your home.
The key to protect yourself and your home from termites is early detection and treatment. If caught too late a termite problem can translate into a financial problem. So how can you best protect yourself and your bank account from the damage that termites bring?
Pay attention to certain areas in your homes where termites are more likely to be found. This includes crawl spaces, basements, chimneys, attics, porches or decks, wooden sheds, wooden siding and wooden fencing. Inspect these areas and look for evidence of termites such as termite “cement”, which is mud that they use to plug holes in their habitats. Also be aware that any wood that directly touches the ground, like fencing, is very susceptible to termite infestation. The best thing to do for this is to inspect and take care of any rotting wood or to paint the wood, which helps to act as a protective barrier.
Another smart tactic is to schedule regular inspections. You know that termites are out there, especially in the Southeast United States. So calling in professional help is a great preventative. They can treat any problem areas and keep your home termite free.