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Termites Are On the Rise: What Does This Mean for You?

Summer brings with it so many things – relaxing days in the sun, summer vacations, and swarming termites? Yep, you’re not the only one who loves to get outside in the summer; the swarming termites come out in full force too to find a new place to colonize. There has been an influx of swarming termite activity in southern states recently, and that means that your home may be in bigger danger than it’s ever been, and here’s why.

The Dance of Termite Love

Every spring swarming termites come out in order to mate and find other termites to chew on some wood with. The real problem is they’re doing it early this year due to the cooler temperatures and large amounts of rain.

Types of Termites

You may think that a termite is just a termite, but there are actually a few different types. You have the subterranean termites that are native to the south. These are your classic termites that live in the ground and eat away at the joists of your home.

There are also Formosan subterranean termites and they are not local. They were actually accidentally brought over from Asia in lumber that was, ironically, used to build homes.

Finally you have the dry wood termites. These bad boys like to live in small colonies and if left to their own devices can do a lot of damage over a period of years. These are the termites that have seen a population explosion over the last several years in the south.

How Do You Get Rid of Termites

If you discover your home is infested with dry wood termites then you’ll have no choice but to use a fumigation tent to treat it. This isn’t something that is a one-time deal, either. Homeowners are advised to undergo fumigation every 10 to 15 years, but that could become a more frequent occurrence as the termite population increases.

How to Protect Your Home

Having termites infest your home is not a foregone conclusion. You can have your foundation checked every so often to make sure no wood is touching the ground. This is best done by a professional who is familiar with termites and knows exactly what to look for.

If you’re worried about termites and haven’t had you home inspected, call the pros at GreenArmy to get started today!

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