It’s Termite Awareness WeekJanay Rickwalder
Monday, March 25, 2013
Today kicks off
Termite Awareness Week, an annual observance by the National
Pest Management Association (NPMA) and Chase’s Calendar of Events
to promote public vigilance against termites.
Termites are one of the most
destructive pests, feeding on the cellulose found in wood and paper
products during the spring season. They can cause $5 billion worth
of property damage
annually, an expense that isn’t typically covered under homeowners’
Termites cannot be controlled with do-it-yourself measures, but
there are many steps homeowners can take to help prevent this pest
from causing a serious problem. NPMA experts recommend routinely
inspecting the foundation of the home for signs of mud tubes,
cracked or bubbling paint and wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
In addition, homeowners should reduce moisture around the home,
monitor all exterior areas of wood and seal cracks on the outside
of the structure.
If homeowners suspect a termite infestation, they should contact
a licensed pest professional immediately to determine the extent of
the problem and receive a recommendation of an appropriate course