Did you know that termites are active year round? The season when termites are most visible – through swarms, discarded wings and droppings – coincides roughly with the Major League Baseball season (March to November).
According to Termites101.Org:
“Just like your family, termite colonies need food, water and shelter to survive – and they work together to gather these resources. To make sure all of the work gets done, each colony includes three levels (castes) of termite society: workers, soldiers and reproductives.
Reproductives play a particularly important role in creating new termite colonies. Whether through swarming or budding, reproductives are the reason new colonies of termites move into your home and neighborhood.”
A typical termite colony is home to 350,000 “silent destroyers” that can find a way into your home, whether it is made of wood or concrete. (YUCK!) Most homeowners usually don’t see termites or the damage they cause until it’s too late – resulting in a total of $5 billion in property damage each year, a cost rarely covered by insurance.
Do you know if your house is being infested by termites? Would you even know what to look for? To be honest, I probably wouldn’t…
Be sure to check your home for signs of termites:
- Decaying wood on house walls, doors or furniture.
- Remains of discarded wings collecting in one area.
- Swarms of brown or beige winged insects.
Check out this handy little kit from Truly Nolen (you know, the company with the yellow VW Bugs that have mouse ears & tails…)
How to Find Termites Teaming:
- Pencil: Mud tunnels are pencil-sized tubes that protrude from a house’s exterior walls and serve as an environment of protection and moisture for termites.
- Wrench: Make sure to tighten your pipes. Remember, termites love moisture!
- Measuring Tape: Be sure that your home has the recommended minimum of 6 to 8 inches between ground level and porch steps, lattice work, door or window frames, etc.
- Flashlight: Use a flashlight to search for rippled or sunken traces behind wall coverings, which are indicative of termite infestation.
- Stress Ball: Use a Truly Nolen stress ball to keep you calm while preparing for this year’s termite season!
Be prepared & don’t let the termites get the best of you…or your house! Protect your house by having a regular yearly inspection by a pest professional.
**Disclaimer: The information & prevention kit were provided to me by Truly Nolen. All opinions (YUCK!) are my own.