Although homeowners and business owners believe termites can cause costly damage, it is often hard for them to understand just exactly how these pests that measure between one-quarter and one-half inch can do so much harm to a structure. One problem with termites is that they don’t discriminate. They don’t care what type of construction it is, because they are looking for food and cellulose used in buildings is a favored food source.
It’s severe storm season here in the River Valley. Another storm you may not be aware of is termite season. Although these guys are tiny, they are mighty because they can cause some major damage to your home. They are often called ‘silent destroyers’ because they can work away for a very long time without being noticed. Termites are responsible for cumulatively costing homeowners more than $5 billion in property damage annually.
Termites might not be at the top of your priority list these days, and that is certainly understandable given the current pandemic, but at a minimum, they should be on your radar. Termites can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. What is even scarier is that termite infestations can grow quickly without you ever suspecting a thing about them until it’s too late. Here are the top signs of termite infestation:
Although we have had very few warm and sunny days, termite season is upon us. As soon as temperatures reach about 70 degrees the young adult male and female swarmers emerge from their nests in large groups. They tend to come out after a rain as early as March or April. They can be quite annoying, but the only good thing about swarmers is they are very often the only outwardly visible signs that you have termites. Once they lose their wings, they search out a place to start a nest, mate and begin rearing the first group of workers. These guys have been busy all winter, eating away at wood 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
It’s winter and the last thing on your mind is probably termites, but don’t let the cold temps fool you, because some termite species—including subterranean termites—can and do remain active year-round. You won’t see these guys hard at work eating away at wood 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but they are. They are working hard to get the termite swarmers ready to emerge from their nests after the last freeze when the temperatures hit about 70 degrees. That’s why it’s important when making termite control decisions to hire a professional with extensive knowledge of building construction and an understanding of potential entry points that are hidden and difficult to access to protect your home or business.
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