Termite Season is Here: Is Your Property at Risk?NPMA Staff
Monday, April 4, 2011
As spring warms its way across the country, flowers are not the
only signs of spring sprouting out of the ground. It's also the
time of year when termites come in search of a new habitat such as
winter weathered homes. As a result of excessive precipitation
experienced across the country this past winter, many homes may
have sustained damage to walls, ceilings and insulation, creating
moisture that attracts termites
Termites are known as "silent destroyers" because of their
ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper
undetected. Swarmers, looking to start a new colony, are typically
the first sign of termite season as these winged-pests show up
inside homes in early spring. It's important that homeowners do not
mistake swarmers for flying ants, as the two species look alike to
an untrained eye. Discarded wings near windowsills and doors are
often a sign that swarmers have already found their way in.
Because termites cause $5
billion in property damage every year, the National Pest Management
Association (NPMA) urges homeowners to take action. Termite damage
is typically not covered by homeowners' insurance and can quickly
add up to a hefty expense to repair structural damage.
"Termites have an insatiable appetite for cellulose found in
wood, eating 24-hours a day, seven days a week. They cause serious
and costly damage and compromise the structural stability of a
home," advised Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs
for NPMA. "NPMA advises homeowners to have their homes inspected
annually and especially if they've noticed swarmers."
NPMA offers these additional tips:
- Inspect perimeter of a home for rotting wood and mud
- Avoid water accumulation near the home's foundation.
- Never bury wood scraps in the yard. If the home is newly built,
remove any remaining grade stakes.
- Keep mulch at least 12 inches from the foundation.
- If you suspect an infestation, contact a licensed pest
To learn more, visit www.pestworld.org
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