As the weather gets warmer, some unwelcome pests will be making their seasonal debut. Termites thrive in the spring and summer months. The warm, humid weather provides the perfect conditions for termites to breed and chip away at the wooden structures of homes. On average, termites cause $5 billion in property damage each year. In the southeast alone, thousands of homeowners experience a heavy influx of termites during the spring and summer months—and this season will be no different.
According to the National Pest Management Association, Here are the termites you need to watch for this year.
This is one of the most common types of termites in the southeast region. They have a long, narrow body with creamy white to dark brown coloring. This pest lives in underground colonies and in most secluded areas above ground. They often leave behind a distinct “mud tube” along the foundation of your home. To prevent this type of termite, reduce humidity in your basement, attic and/or crawl spaces. Also, divert water away from the foundation of your home with gutters, downspouts and splash blocks.
This termite is commonly found from South Carolina to Texas. Featuring a creamy white to light brown body, the Drywood termite can chew through walls, floors and support beams. To prevent this type of termite, secure any firewood at least 20 feet away from your home. Also, seal any cracks and crevices in your home.
Though commonly found in the southwest, this termite can occasionally be found in the southeast, particularly south Florida. They love to chew through decaying wood. They are known to create a series of chambers throughout wood and can be found hiding away in dead trees, wood piles, fence posts and utility poles. To prevent these pests, repair any outside leaking faucets, water pipes or AC units near the foundation of your home.
This termite is commonly found in the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. They are a ½ inch long and have a creamy white to brownish color. They are known to build mud nests underground as well as attack shrubs and trees. A single colony can span anywhere from 350,000 to upwards of several million. Once they get going, a Formosan termite colony can cause severe structural damage in as little as six months. To prevent this type of termite, reduce humidity in your basement, attics and crawl spaces. Also, divert any water away from the foundation and secure firewood 20 feet away from the home.
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DIY solutions are no match for these destructive pests. You need a professional to assess the situation and provide a quick solution to eliminate termites. If you suspect termites have infested your home, contact us for a free inspection today.