Protecting Your Home During The Termite Season
May 15, 2017
If you're not aware, we have just entered termite season here in Pennsylvania. Why is this termite season? Because this is the time of the year when termites are most likely to send out winged reproductives for the purpose of establishing new nests. It is also the time of year when homeowners should be more vigilant about protecting their investment from being the target of a termite infestation. Here are some things you should definitely know about termites.
Signs Of An Impending Termite Infestation
Sadly, there is no bullet point list for this section. Before termites infest a home, they usually give only one sign. If you walk around your property and find a log, tree, or outbuilding that has winged reproductives walking around on it, you may have caught an infestation before it got to your home. Encroaching termites may attack other wood objects before they get to your home. If you see winged termites walking around on your home it is more likely you have a current infestation.
Signs Of A Current Termite Infestation
- Termite swarms don't travel far and they don't last long. If you're seeing swarmers on your home it is likely that you have a mature nest on your property. If you find swarmers in a location of infestation, like under mulch, under a wood pile, or in a crawl space, you may see these swarmers tightly packed together or coming out of a hole.
- Subterranean termites can travel as far as the length of a football field under the ground to find food. For this reason, you're not going to see worker termites in your yard or crawling up the side of your foundation. What you may see are the mud tubes these insects construct on foundation walls to get from the soil to the wood of your home.
- Subterranean termites are moisture pests. If they dry out they will die. For this reason, you're only likely to see the damage these termites do if they are infesting an exterior wall that is in a shaded or moist location.
Since termites are so stealthy, it is difficult for homeowners to control them on their own. When termites become detectable it is usually only after they have been allowed to do significant damage. It is best to have an educated and experienced pest control professional apply industry-trusted termite control products according to established best-practices and EPA regulations to prevent damage from occurring.
If you live in our Pennsylvania service area, you can trust the QualityPro-certified team here at Moyer Pest Control to safeguard your investment. For answers to your questions or to schedule service, reach out to us today.