Spring marks the beginning of termite swarming season for most species of termites. Termites typically swarm once the weather warms up after a significant rain event. Swarms can last over several days and take place when adult termites leave their colonies to reproduce and establish new colonies. Termite swarms can indicate the presence of an established colony near your home or signal the start of a new colony nearby. Either way, their presence should prompt you to take steps to prevent significant and costly termite damage to your home.
Here are some steps you can take to prevent a termite infestation this spring:
- Check the exterior of your home and look for mud tubes and small white insects going up the outside of your foundation.
- Tap or probe any exposed wood for hollow sounds.
- Learn to identify termite swarms and keep an eye out for them in the spring.
- Look for other signs of termites in your home such as buckling wood, damaged wood, etc.
- Keep the ground around foundations dry with proper drainage techniques.
- Seal off any points of entry by filling in cracks in concrete foundations and any holes or openings where utility lines and pipes enter the home.
- Consider investing in an annual termite inspection where a professional termite control technician can thoroughly check your home for all of these signs and more.
Whether you’ve spotted a termite swarm already or you just want to be prepared in case, termite prevention is best left to the professionals. Contact a professional pest control company who can provide you with a thorough annual inspection to help identify any potential entry points, any signs of termite damage you may not have noticed, and the most comprehensive treatment and elimination options available.