What You Ought To Know If You Spot Termite Swarms In Maryland
Termites are one of nature’s most destructive forces, but, unlike other natural occurrences, they can be avoided. By understanding what a termite swarm on your property could mean, you might just be able to keep your home from incurring an expensive infestation.
The Truth About Termite Season
You’ve probably heard the words “termite season” thrown around when discussing pest control, but you might not know the full truth. Termite season is simply the time of year when you’re most likely to notice a termite swarm, which is a group of flying termites that congregate about twice a year on a warm day following rain. These swarmers are in charge of reproduction and creating new colonies, but seeing a termite swarm is rare. If you’re trying to spot a swarm near your house this upcoming termite season, they are typically near tree branches or outdoor light fixtures.
Now, don’t let “termite season” fool you. Swarmer termites only create new colonies once, maybe twice, a year, but the worker termites earn their title by eating your home and carrying the nutrients back to their queen every single day of the year, every single hour of the day. That’s right: worker termites never sleep, which is why they can cause over $3,000’ worth of damage in around 18 months' time.
Unfortunately, you probably won’t notice the termites at work within your walls until the damage becomes severe, which is why termites cost United States home and business owners around $5 billion each year. It’s not that they work incredibly fast, it’s just that people often don't recognize an infestation until damage has been done.
While recognizing a termite swarm is the easiest sign of an infestation, that only happens about twice a year. You’re more likely to find the shed wings of swarmer termites near your outdoor walls or under light fixtures. Some other signs you can see throughout the year include:
Mud tubes on foundation walls
Tightening around doors and windows
Visible damage to outdoor wooden structures
Clicking noises within the walls
If you notice these signs of damage, it’s imperative that you seek immediate professional attention. The only methods that get rid of an entire termite infestation are professional treatment solutions. Home remedies and store-bought sprays usually allow most of the infestation to linger.
Preventing Swarmers And Nests
Swarmers are usually looking for outdoor light fixtures and tree branches, so keeping tree branches trimmed back from the structure of your house can help deter swarmer intrusion. Plus, you can turn off your outdoor lights at night or place light fixtures away from the structure of your home.
However, since swarmer termites aren’t necessarily the best flyers, they usually wind up pretty close to their originating nests. In order to discourage termites from nesting on your property, you need to focus on your moisture management practices. Since termites love to feed on moist, rotting wood, any moisture buildup on your property could lead to termite activity. The best ways to manage your moisture issues include:
Using a gutter and downspout system for rain runoff
Placing dehumidifiers in poorly ventilated areas
Monitoring pipes for leaks carefully
Maintaining the lawn regularly (and keeping the clutter to a minimum)
Removing sources of wood from the yard
Even though these tips can help prevent an infestation, there is always a chance of getting termites if you don’t have professional measures in place. With thousands of dollars on the line, is that really a chance you want to take? The best form of termite protection comes from professional assistance. Call Capitol Pest today to find out how to protect the investment you’ve made in your home.