Homeowners Scramble as Termites Spring to ActionNPMA Staff
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Spring is here -- and with the refreshing start of a new
season, the last thing you need on your mind is a termite invasion. However,
according to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA),
spring is a key time for termite infestations to occur in the
Termites eat constantly and can cause serious structural damage
to your home, which is why prevention is paramount in keeping
your home termite-free. Some useful termite prevention tips
- 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 and ventilate crawl places.
- Repair gutters and leaking outdoor faucets so that water will
run away from the house, thus removing moisture.
- Remove infested stumps and trees near the foundation of the
- Store scrap lumber and firewood as far from the house as
- Replace weather stripping and repair loose mortar around
basement foundation and windows.
- Routinely inspect the foundation of your home for signs of mud
tubes (used by termites to reach a food source), cracked or
bubbling paint and wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
However, if termites have already made their way into your home,
it is important to contact a licensed pest
professional to assess the situation. There are many solutions
to control termite infestations, including barrier treatments
and baiting systems and your professional will help you to
select the most effective treatment plan to suit your needs.
NPMA recommends your home be checked every year for termite infestations. Termites
are silent destroyers and can often go unnoticed for long
periods of time until the damage is already done. What's worse
is that damage from wood boring insects is not covered by most
homeowners' insurance policies, which can become a major and
unexpected expense for homeowners. Protect your property with
annual inspections from a qualified pest professional.
To learn more about termites or to contact a pest professional
near you, visit www.pestworld.org.
The NPMA, a non-profit organization
with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933 to support
the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of
public health, food and property.