Termites cause billions of dollars of damage each year in US. Damage that is easily avoidable if home and building owners have a termite treatment plan in place in order to protect their investment. Spring is a good time to schedule your annual termite inspection. It is also good time to treat for termites, as this is the time of year that termites travel back up their tubes and tunnels after hibernation from freezing temperatures.
SPRING IS GOOD TIME FOR TERMITE INSPECTION
Termites typically swarm on sunny warm spring days following rain. They emerge between mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Inside swarms of termites will attempt to get outside by flying towards light. After shedding their wings, termites mate and seek new sites to being their colony.
Termites primarily feed on wood. However, they also destroy insulation, paper, books, pool liners and filtration systems. They can also cause damage to your landscaping.
SIGNS OF TERMITE INFESTATION
Some signs of infestation are swarms of winged termites emerging next to foundation, porches or patios. Likewise, the appearance of ‘mud’ tubes the diameter of a pencil or larger extending over foundation walls, support piers, floor joists or sill plates.
Signs of hollowed out wood along the grain is another indication of termites. As is tiny holes bored through drywall or plaster accompanied by bits of soil around the margins. Likewise, ripples behind wallpaper or other wall coverings could be a sign of termite infestation.
Often there will be no clear signs and termites can be feasting behind surfaces for years and can do a great deal of damage before detecting termites. That is why it is important to get an experienced termite inspector on a regular basis.
If you find termites inside your structure, save some in a zip lock bag and call an exterminator immediately. The key in mitigating a full-blown termite infestation is to develop an effective customized termite treatment plan.
TERMITE TREATMENT PLANS
Special skills and equipment are required when it comes to finding and ridding a building or home of termites. For one, there is a need for long metal rods to inject termiticide (a liquid pesticide) into the ground along the foundation.
The best protection against termites is to have annual termite inspections and treatments, as needed. Unfortunately, not everyone fully understands how termite treatments work and why they need to be re-applied every few years. It is false to assume that once a structure is treated, it is safe forever. Sadly, many homeowners fail to continue termite inspections and pay the price later.
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