With warm weather comes the emergence of pests that were dormant over the winter. One of these pests homeowners should be concerned with are termites.
A survey of more than 2,000 homeowners, 94% believe that termites can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage. However, only 26% had their homes inspected for termites and only 16% reported having a current termite contract. Additionally, 43% believe termites can be controlled using standard, at-home, DIY treatments, while another 30% believe the damage caused by termites would be covered by their homeowner’s insurance policy – both of which are incorrect.
Termite swarms are a weather-driven event that typically occurs on sunny, warm, calm days following a spring rain. During a swarm, winged termites leave their existing colony to find a mate and establish new colonies. While termite swarming can occur as early as February, typical winter weather may delay the swarming activity as late as May or June throughout much of the Tri-state area.
Homeowners, Do You Want to Know More About Termites?
Visit our termites page. Better yet, give us a toll-free call at 888-565-2024, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and schedule a free no obligation termite evaluation. Controlling termites requires the help of a trained professional, but homeowners can take the following steps to make their home less inviting to the pests.
Follow These Simple Steps to Make Your Home Less Inviting to Termites:
- Fix roof and plumbing leaks. The moisture from these allows termites to survive above ground.
- Clean and repair gutters. Gutters that do not drain properly can allow water to accumulate near the foundation.
- Eliminate wood-to-soil contact. Any wood that simultaneously touches the soil and the home can provide termites with direct access to the structure. This includes keeping firewood or other wood debris from being stacked against the side of the home.
- Keep mulch or soil from piling up directly against the home. Soil or mulch can hide termite activity and allow for easy access into the home.
- Schedule an annual inspection with a trained professional. Prompt treatment and regular inspections can save thousands of dollars in damage repair.