The Heat Is On...And So Is The Termite PressureNPMA Staff
Monday, June 15, 2009
By NPMA Staff
When the summer season begins and the temperature rises across
the country, homeowners should be attentive to termite pressure - a
potential problem that can impact their single greatest investment.
As termites can feed on wood, sheetrock, wallpaper and fabric, an
infestation can possibly affect the structural dependability of
"Termites cause over $5 billion in property damage every year,"
says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA.
"Warm weather combined with the increased moisture, which we
experience in summer months, may increase termite pressure.
Although termites do not pose as health threat like mosquitoes,
ticks and rodents, they do pose a threat to your home. Summer 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
- Avoid any moisture at the foundation of your home.
- Divert water away from your property through properly
functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
- Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation.
- Prevent shrubs, vines and other vegetation from becoming
overgrown and covering vents.
- Remove old form boards and grade stakes, which may have been
left behind after a home was constructed.
- Eliminate any wood that comes into contact with the soil;
maintain an 18-inch gap between soil and any wood.
- Routinely inspect the foundation of your home for signs of
"Just as parents wouldn't prescribe medicine for their children,
homeowners shouldn't attempt to remedy a termite infestation in
their own home," advises Henriksen. "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."