Termite Awareness Week is close. Efforts and activities to raise awareness about this tiny but destructive home intruders will be between March 10-16, 2019. This national observance aims to educate the public regarding the termite risks and prevention. Pest experts predict an early start of termite season this year since climate begins to warm and improve early than usual.
Termites are considered one of the most damaging pests causing $5 billion worth of damage per year. Rummaging home structures since they feed on wood. They can enter structures through cracks as small as 1/16 inch. Average colony consists of 60,000 – 250,000 termites and is located in the ground. After they feed, they return to the colony to feed the immature workers, soldiers and reproductive termites. Unluckily, damages related to termites are not covered by homeowner's insurance.
Routine inspection of your home's foundation for presence of mud tubes, cracks or bubbling paint, and wood that sounds hollow when tapped. Termites have certain moisture level requirement, thus, reducing moisture inside your home through proper ventilation of attic, basement and crawl spaces can help prevent termite infestation. Moving firewood at least 20 feet away from the home and keep mulch at least 15 inches from the foundation could prevent them from reaching your home. Also, seal all cracks that can potentially serve as entry point of these invaders.
However, when you notice presence of dead termites or discarded wings from swarmers, mud tubes emerging around your home's foundation, wrecked woods or floors that sound hollow; then termites are likely starting to infest your home. You need to hire pest experts like EHS Pest in MA, RI to perform proper treatment. Apparently, termite infestation is difficult to deal with. Thus, it is important to seek the help of skilled pest professionals for a systematic treatment approach.
To find out more about termite infestation and how to control it, contact EHS Pest.