As temperatures continue to increase here in New England, and the ground becomes warmer, winged termites will emerge in search of a suitable location to create a new colony. Too often their new home is your home. To promote public vigilance against termites, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recognizes March 15-22 as Termite Awareness Week. Exterminators is proud to take part in this annual observance by educating homeowners about the threat of termites and the possible signs of an infestation this spring.
Termites feed 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the cellulose found in wood and paper products. They are known as “silent destroyers” due to their ability to compromise the structure of a home without being noticed until it’s too late. Termites are very destructive and the damage inflicted can be quite costly if left undetected. It is important for homeowners to be on the lookout for signs of these wood-destroying pests in and around their property this time of year.
If you find any of these things happening in or around your home, you may have termites:
1. Mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source) on the exterior of the home
2. Soft wood in the home that sounds hollow when tapped
3. Darkening or blistering of wood structures
4. Cracked or bubbling paint
5. Small piles of feces that resembles sawdust near a termite nest
6. Discarded wings near doors or on windowsills, indicating swarmers have entered the home
If you notice any of these signs, you should contact a pest professional who can best determine the extent of the problem and recommend a proper treatment plan, our specialist at Exterminators can help you with a plan to get rid of any termite infestations.
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