MARCH 16-22 IS TERMITE AWARENESS WEEK
Termite season is kicking into high gear.
As temperatures start to increase across the country and the ground becomes warmer, winged termites know as swarmers will emerge in search of a suitable spot to create a new colony, often in residential settings. To promote public vigilance against termites, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recognizes March 16-22 as Termite Awareness Week. Palmetto Exterminators is proud to take part in this annual observance by educating homeowners about the threat of termites and the possible signs of an infestation this spring.
Termites feed 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the cellulose found in wood and paper products. They are known as “silent destroyers” due to their ability to compromise the structure of a home without being noticed until it’s too late.
Termites are very destructive and the damage inflicted can be quite costly if left undetected, said Bert Snyder, Graduate Entomologist at Palmetto Exterminators. “Formosan Termites are most likely to cause problems in the coastal region this time of year, while other species of Subterranean Termites are more likely as you move inland. It’s important for homeowners to be on the lookout for signs of these wood-destroying pests in and around their property.”
Here are a few clues that termites may be present in a home:
- Mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source) on the exterior of the home
- Soft wood in the home that sounds hollow when tapped
- Darkening or blistering of wood structures
- Cracked or bubbling paint
- Small piles of feces that resembles sawdust near a termite nest
- Discarded wings near doors or on windowsills, indicating swarmers have entered the home
“If homeowners notice any of these signs, they should contact a pest professional who can best determine the extent of the problem and recommend a proper treatment plan,” added Snyder.