Termite Season Starts Off With SwarmsNPMA Staff
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
By NPMA Staff
In recent years, termite season has arrived with a great deal of
fanfare. There are multiple reports of swarms and infestations in
schools and homes across the country.
Termite season for most subterranean termite species
traditionally starts in late February to early March and lasts
through June. Swarming occurs when warmer temperatures set in and
termites leave their colonies to find new nesting sites. Swarming
may be the only obvious sign a homeowner has that they've had an
infestation. However, lacking a swarm doesn't mean your home is
termite-free. Homeowners are encouraged to protect their properties
with annual inspections from a qualified pest professional.
"Termite infestations should not remain unchecked as termites
cause $5 billion in property damage in the United States each
year," says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for
NPMA. "Regular inspections and carefully considered treatment is
necessary to stay on top of infestations and to protect most
people's largest investments-their homes."
Wood-boring insect damage is not covered by homeowners'
insurance policies and infestations can often go undetected by
homeowners who don't inspect their property annually. Termites eat
wood, flooring, sheetrock, wallpaper, plastics, paper products and
fabric made of plant fibers, which can severely compromise the
structural soundness of a home.