March’s Pest of the Month – Termites

Sub Termite-Swarmer-033Termites are very destructive and cause billions of dollars of damage to homes each year in the U.S.  That is why we are dedicating March’s Pest of the Month to TERMITES!

Habits

  • Operate under a caste system. There are workers, soldiers, and reproductives.
  • Live in colonies underground or in moist secluded areas.
  • Feed on items containing cellulose.
  • Swarm in the spring when reproductive termites go out to start new colonies.

Different Species

Threats

  • Cause severe damage to a structure by chewing away at the wood.
  • Responsible for more than $2 billion of damage to homes in the US each year.
  • Cause more damage in an average year than floods, fires, and tornadoes.
  • A termite colony may contain several hundred thousand individuals.

Prevention

  • Divert water away from the foundation of a structure.
  • Repair leaky faucets, pipes, and AC units on the outside of the home.
  • Properly ventilate areas of high humidity like crawl spaces, attics, and basements.
  • Keep mulch or ground cover at least 15 inches away from the foundation of a structure.
  • Sentricon Termite Elimination baiting systems may be placed around the perimeter of a structure.

Other Pests to Look Out For

If you think you may have termites, or other pests in your home, call the mouse at 888.466.7849 or visit us online at www.callnorthwest.com

Northwest Exterminating
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Early Warm Temps, Early Termites

If you are anything like me, you are loving this unseasonably warm weather that we are experiencing in Georgia.  It’s been a nice preview of what is in store for us come Spring time.  That being said, I’m not looking forward to the cold snap that we will inevitably experience before Spring comes around.  I’m also not looking forward to an earlier termite season due to the warm temperatures.

Termites aren’t usually moving this time of year because the temperature is typically below 60 degrees.  When temperatures are above 60, that is when termites start to swarm.  And when they start to swarm, they start inside your home before moving outside.  Unfortunately, once you find out that you have termites in your home, damage has most likely already occurred.  And termites can do some serious damage, causing up to $5 billion of damage each year in the US.

Oftentimes, termites are mistaken for flying ants.  If you think you see what appears to be flying ants, call your termite control company, such as Northwest Exterminating, to come inspect your home.  Termites look for moisture in and around homes, so be sure that any standing water or leaking pipes are adequately taken care of.  Look for mud tunnels, usually the size of a pencil, that are created on the inside or outside of the home’s foundation.  Clean gutters and pull back soil and mulch from the home’s foundation where termites can find their way into the wood of a structure.

If you have questions about termites or suspect that termites may be in your home, call Northwest Exterminating today and we will be happy to come out and conduct a FREE termite inspection.