Homeowners look forward to April and the Spring because of the refreshing temperatures, the nourishing rains, and the opportunities to gather with friends and family in the out of doors. However, termites also thrive in these kinds of conditions, leading to fast and unexpected infestations that can do serious damage to property right under the noses of owners.
Breeding Time for Termites
As temperatures rise, the risk for termite swarms and colonization increases as well. This particular time of year triggers instinctive elements in termites that cause them to increase their mating activities and expand their numbers in order to propagate the species. The result for wooden structures can be devastating.
In light of the risk for serious damage to property, it is critical for homeowners to start taking preventative measures using professional pest technicians. Instead of relying on DIY measures and damage control after the fact, guard yourself against infestation during the most critical months of the year by turning to experienced termite control professionals.
High Damage Potential
Once colonization is underway and the infestation spreads, there is very little time to take action. Termites have the ability to chew through walls, floors, wallpaper, and even carpeting. An entire termite colony can chew through materials on a 24-hour basis, each and every day of the week. Colonies can be composed of thousands of individual insects, allowing the damage to become extensive enough to threaten the structural integrity of any building.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has found that termites are responsible for more than $5 million dollars in damage to property on a yearly basis. Termites reside in every region of the United States, existing in the largest numbers in the southeastern regions of the country. Protecting your home or business requires awareness and vigilance during the times when termites present the greatest threat.
Termite Prevention & Control
It is important for homes and businesses to maintain regular inspections for these and other pests. A partnership with professional pest control will give you access to a number of valuable services that increases your structure’s barrier of protection. We will inspect the home for areas of rotting wood where termites are likely to begin colonization. We are expertly trained to identify a termite presence that might otherwise remain concealed until the damage becomes extensive and easily visible. Our termite professionals can also guide homeowners when it comes to eliminating problem areas where moisture is accumulating in unhealthy amounts.
Termite management strategies could include techniques for diverting water away from the home, and identifying areas of risk on the property where termite colonization could occur and spread. Experts can also guide you when it comes to protecting new construction projects from the outset. Among the strategies we some times recommend are removing form boards and grade stakes that increase the risk for termite damage over time.
Because termites are increasing their numbers at such rapid paces during this time of year, it can often be difficult to identify the source of the colonization and damage right away. Professional services can help in determining the original area of the infestation. While the colonies often originate in the home where the damage is being seen, it is not unusual for colonies to spread to an extent that they travel from one home to another in a single neighborhood. Termite damage starts from the interior of wood and joints, expanding outwards. They form mud tubes as they move throughout the structure of the home, causing damage that can go unnoticed for years at a time. In fact, termites typically leave the surface of the wood intact as they burrow throughout a structure.
Take Action Right Away
April is National Termite Month, making it the ideal time to take control of one of the most important home barriers that you can establish. Contacting Bugs by Brian can allow you to take the first step in protecting your home from these pests for the life of your investment. Take advantage of experience and expertise when planning preventive measures that extend the life of your home or business.