As the weather warms, termites are eager to get at your tasty home.
That's why homeowners need to be attentive to the increased potential of termite infestations during the warmer months and to learn the signs that termites may be on the march.
This problem not only can affect the structural dependability of a home, but also can create significant losses since termites can chew through flooring, carpeting and wallpaper as well as wood. Termite infestations cause homeowners $5 billion in property damage every year.
"Although social insects, termites are excellent at concealing their presence," says Cindy Mannes, the vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management Association. "This ability to remain undetected is why these pests pose such a risk to homeowners. So often, termites are only discovered once severe property damage is visible.
"Spring is a perfect time to both inspect your property for these hard-to-detect pests and take proactive steps to try to prevent infestations."
The experts at the National Pest Management Association offers tips to help homeowners prevent termite infestations:
- Termites love moisture. Avoid any moisture at the foundation of your home.
- Divert water away from your property through properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
- Remove old form boards and grade stakes, which may have been left behind after a home was constructed.
- Termites may create mud tubes to enter a home. Routinely inspect the foundation of your home for signs of mud tubes.
- Keep firewood away from direct contact with your home.
"Termites are not discriminating; they will infest any home that offers them a proper food source," Mannes says. "Even the most well-kept homes are at risk.
"If you suspect termites in your home, contact a licensed pest professional whose expertise and technology can best rid your home of these unwanted pests and prevent future infestations."
For more information regarding termites or to find a pest professional in your area, visit www.pestworld.org.
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