Termites "Chomp at the Bit" for Warm TemperaturesNPMA Staff
Friday, April 2, 2010
By NPMA Staff
When warmer weather arrives across the country, homeowners
should be attentive to the increased potential of termite
infestations. This problem cannot only affect the structural
dependability of one's home but can also create significant losses
as termites can chew through flooring, carpeting and wallpaper as
well as wood. In fact, termite infestations cause homeowners $5
billion in property damage every year.
"Although social insects, termites are excellent at concealing
their presence," says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public
affairs for NPMA. "This ability to remain undetected is why these
pests pose such a risk to homeowners. So often, termites are only
discovered once severe property damage is visible. Spring is a
perfect time to both inspect your property for these hard to detect
pests and take proactive steps to try to prevent infestations."
NPMA experts offer these tips to help homeowners prevent termite
- Termites love moisture. Avoid any moisture at the foundation of
- Divert water away from your property through properly
functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
- Remove old form boards and grade stakes, which may have been
left behind after a home was constructed.
- Termites may create mud tubes to enter a home. Routinely
inspect the foundation of your home for signs of mud tubes.
- Keep firewood away from direct contact with your home.
"Termites are not discriminating; they will infest any home that
offers them a proper food source," advises Henriksen. "Even the
most well-kept homes are at risk. If you suspect termites in your
home, contact a licensed pest professional whose expertise and
technology can best rid your home of these unwanted pests and
prevent future infestations."