Termite Season Is Just Beginning

Friday, March 29, 2013

Termite Awareness Week is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the destructive and costly pest will suddenly disappear. As the temperature continues to increase across the country and the ground becomes warmer, termite populations will begin to emerge from their overwintering sites in search of food.

Depending on the region, swarms, which are usually one of the first signs of a termite problem, may be visible in the early spring. There are also a few other ways to determine if termites are present, including mud tubes on the exterior of the home, soft wood that sounds hollow when tapped, the darkening or blistering of wood structures, cracked or bubbling paint, and small piles of feces that resemble sawdust near a termite nest.

Termite swarmers – young adult termites – are often confused with flying ants. If homeowners suspect an infestation in the coming weeks, they should contact a licensed pest professional immediately.