Spring is generally a welcome time for most of us, especially after a long, cold North Country winter, but the happiness that accompanies “spring fever” may be quickly dampened by the sight of “swarmers,” or flying termites, within your home. During the spring swarmers generally emerge to mate, establishing new colonies, which can be terrible news for your home or business property.
Termite infestations are no laughing matter: These insects can destroy a building by chewing through wood, flooring and wallpaper, potentially compromising the structural stability of a home within a matter of years, depending on the species of termite. Termites cause an estimated $5 billion in annual property damage; don’t add your home to that unfortunate list.
There are, however, steps property owners can take to help prevent and thwart termite infestations. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) offers the following guidelines:
- Eliminate or reduce moisture in and around the home. Termites need this moisture to survive.
- Repair leaking water pipes, faucets and exterior AC units.
- Replace weather stripping and any loose mortar observed around your windows and basement foundation.
- Repair fascia, soffits and any rotted roof shingles you see.
- Utilize downspouts, gutters and splash blocks to divert water away from the building.
- Regularly inspect the foundation for mud tubes, uneven or bubbling paint and wood that makes a hollow sound when tapped.
- Note any changes to any and all exterior areas that contain wood, such as windows, doorframes and skirting boards.
- Keep an 18-inch gap between soil and all wood portions of the building.
- Scheduling a professional to perform an inspection each year.
- Keep firewood at least 20 feet away from the house, minimum.
Should you see signs of termites, call a licensed pest professional such as OPC Pest Control immediately to determine the extent of the problem and begin prompt treatment. Call OPC Pest Control at 518-877-6425 or contact us online and we will get right back to you!