Spring will be here soon and it is also the time when the most common termites in the country swarm or send out winged termites to start new colonies. These termites, known as subterranean termites because they usually are found in or near soil, can cause serious damage. In fact, the National Pest Management Association estimates that termites cause over five billion dollars in damage each year, just in the United States.
Subterranean termites are found throughout most of the country, and the “swarmers” number may be in the thousands, typically emerging on warm spring days. Swarmers won’t hurt you, but they can start new colonies, which can cause damage to your property. You might also find just their wings after a swarm; this is the result of termite swarmers breaking off their wings prior to mating. If you see any swarms of insects, inside or outside, call our office. We’ll be happy to schedule an inspection to ensure you peace of mind.
Detection and Control
Detecting and controlling termites is a job for a pest professional. A thorough inspection by a termite control specialist is the first and most important step in protecting your property. Experienced eyes can locate signs in the specific areas in and around your structure where a termite attack is likely to occur. Check out the list below for possible signs of termite infestations:
- Straw-sized diameter, or larger, mud tubes running across bare concrete or masonry between the soil and any wooden part of your building, inside or outside.
- Thin, small, papery wings, all the same size and shape, 3/8” to 1 2” long, on your windowsill, countertop or floor (especially if it is late spring and there has been a recent rain).
- Thin bubbled or distorted areas of paint on wooden surfaces.
- Any wooden building parts (especially if they are support structures) that begin to sag unexpectedly.
If a termite infestation is found, one of our specialists can design a treatment plan specific for your property that will control any current infestation and establish either a liquid treated zone, a baited zone or in some cases, both around the structure to take care of future termite infestations.