Termites: Five Things to Know
Statistically, you have a better chance of structural damage to your home from termites than you do from fire, flooding, or any other natural disaster. That’s why it’s important to protect your home with an annual termite inspection. You should also be on the lookout for potential infestations throughout the year.
Springtime is peak season for termites in Arkansas, and here are a few things to keep in mind if you want to keep your home termite-free:
1 Know your enemy. There are numerous species of termites, but the important thing to know is that some live in underground colonies similar to ants, and others prefer to build their colonies in wood. Both feed on the cellulose in wood, and both can cause significant structural damage if allowed to breed and feed undiscovered.
2 Termites prefer dark, humid environments. Termites feed from the inside out, and damage is very difficult to detect in the early stages. If you tap on wood and hear a hollow sound, or if you see warped paint, that could be a sign of termite damage. Otherwise, you may not see visible damage until the late stages of an infestation.
3 Termites are active year-round. Springtime is the peak season for termites, and you are far more likely to see swarms of flying termites or discarded wings in the spring. But there is no period of dormancy or hibernation for termites.
4 Termite infestations can spread in multiple ways. When termites aren’t swarming, they find other ways to seek out new habitats and food sources. When you bring home a batch of firewood or wood chips for the garden, you may also be bringing home some unwanted guests.
5 Termites can’t survive without moisture. One of the most visible ways to spot an infestation are “mud tubes” on exterior surfaces of the home. These tubes are a mix of saliva and frass, and they provide moisture, insulation, and transportation.
One of the most important things you can do to keep yourself safe from termites year round is to avoid giving them food or habitat. Keep your lawn mowed, hedges trimmed, and avoid storing firewood directly next to the home. Termites can squeeze through the tiniest of cracks, so make sure to keep foundations and exterior wood surfaces painted and sealed. Also, make sure that standing water does not accumulate in gutters and downspouts, or near the home.
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