Termite Season Starts Off With Swarms

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.