How Arkansas And Texas Homeowners Can Prepare For Termite Season
March 20, 2019
If you are the type of person who likes to plan ahead, knowledge is your best friend. When traveling, you research the place you are going (its climate and potential tourists attractions, etc) to plan your packing accordingly. When it comes to your home, you like to know before a storm hits to make sure everything is properly secured and out of harm's way. Well, we are here to tell you that a termite storm, or rather a termite swarm, is on its way. This is a subtle warning sign of a different kind of natural disaster. So our question to you is, are you prepared?
Factors That Cause Termites To Swarm Around This Time Of Year
Termites are colonizing insects. Just like America in the early years, when a colony becomes fully established and strong, a part of that colony splits off to find new land to call home. In the same way, when a termite colony becomes fully mature, it will send out scouts to search for new locations to build new homes. These scouts are called termite swarmers, otherwise known as winged termites, and are known for swarming homes and businesses. This typically happens twice a year, depending on the termite species. Here in Texas and Arkansas, damp wood termites swarm during the spring months, while dry wood termites tend to swarm later during the summer months. If termites have not already found their way into your home, now is the time to prepare.
What You Can Do To Protect Your Home From Termite Swarmers
When it comes to keeping termites out of your home, there are a few things you can do. Specifically for damp wood termites, reducing moisture is your best weapon. Start with the exterior base of your home. Trim back foliage and make sure the sun is able to shine on your foundation as much as possible. This will keep it dry and unappealing to damp wood termite swarmers. On top of this, seek out any leaks or drain problems that are negatively affecting the wood of your home. Have these areas addressed and make sure to have any water-damaged wood repaired or replaced. Also keep wood piles, construction materials, and other wooden items away from your home and up off the ground. These things will help in keeping termites at bay.
Why Call Pest Pro If You Suspect Your Home Has Termites
If you suspect your home may have termites, or you have seen swarmers flying about, it’s time to get help from the professionals. Here at Pest Pro Services, we offer free termite inspections and estimates for our termite control services. Don’t hesitate to give us a call. We would be happy to send one of our specialists your way to make sure your home is safe and termite-free.