Why Now Is The Time To Watch For Termites On Your Wilmington Property
April 14, 2021
Education is an important thing, and many people begin to specialize in something at some point. There might be hundreds of topics that are outside your field of expertise that don’t have a negative impact on your life, but, unfortunately, termites don’t fall into this category. Your misconceptions about termites, or your general lack of knowledge, could wind up costing you thousands of dollars. So what do you say we get educated?
What Is Termite Season, Anyway?
As spring pushes on into summer, now is the perfect time to learn when your house will be at the highest risk of a termite infestation. You probably understand that termites are wood-eating pests that can do severe damage to your home, but you might get confused by the phrase “termite season.” This can cost you if you’re not careful. If you think that termites will only eat the foundation of your home during termite season, then you’re dangerously mistaken.
What termite season actually refers to is the warm, humid months of the spring and summer that provide conducive conditions for a termite swarm to congregate. A termite swarm is a group of winged termites in charge of recolonization and reproduction that meets about twice a year on warm days following a rainstorm. While swarmer termites might not congregate without these perfect conditions, worker termites remain active year-round.
In fact, worker termites never sleep. They could be under your house or within your walls right now chewing away at the wooden parts of your foundation, leaving almost no trace. Termites in Wilmington could actually remain in your home for years, causing expensive damage before you notice the first signs of an infestation. However, if you understand what to look for, you might be able to spot the initial signs of an infestation before it costs you.
Even though termite swarms are rare, you may notice their wings lying around your yard near the house, especially as the weather warms up, so now is the perfect time to keep an eye out for them. You might also notice signs of damage to any visible wood in the yard, mud tubes along your foundation walls, and tightening around your door and window frames.
Getting (And Keeping) Termites Out
If you miss the signs of termite activity for a year or two, it could cost you thousands of dollars, so be vigilant about checking for swarmer wings near trees or outdoor light fixtures. If you do notice the signs of termite activity on your property, don’t attempt to get rid of termites on your own. If you try to use a store-bought spray or home remedy, a majority of the infestation will survive, leading to more long-term damage.
While getting rid of termites is always a job for professionals, there may be some things you can do to preclude an infestation in the first place. Since termites prefer to feed on moist, rotting wood, controlling moisture issues on your property is one of the most effective ways to avoid a termite infestation. The best moisture management practices include:
- Dehumidifiers in poorly ventilated areas
- Monitoring pipes for leaks
- Gutters and downspouts to control rain runoff
- Maintaining the lawn properly
- Removing moisture-damaged wood from your home
- Removing sources of wood in your yard
As you work on your moisture management practices, make sure to keep in mind that only professional prevention methods can provide guaranteed protection against termites. You’ll also want to keep in mind that noticing the signs of termites around your property can be difficult without professional help. Don’t waste time or try to spot a potentially expensive infestation on your own. Call Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators to schedule your termite inspection today.