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Happy Spring everyone! After a cold, snowy winter spring may have finally arrived.
Thursday, March 20th is the first official day of spring. Besides this week having the first day of spring, it is also Termite Awareness Week.
Termites have been around long before us. Long before anyone was around to build a house. Termites were busy converting dead trees and other material to humus to provide nutrients to the soil. Termites eat wood and they are good at finding it. Whether the wood is lying on the ground or in your home.
Sometimes an infestation of termites is obvious to see. You may see mud tubes running from the ground to the infested wood. Other times you might come across damaged wood or soft wood. Or you might not see anything at all until the termites have established themselves and are feasting on your home.
Homeowners become aware that they have a termite problem when they see swarmer’s or the cast off wings near windowsills or doorways. Swarmer’s are winged reproductives that emerge in the spring to mate and start a new colony.
Swarming termites inside your home will not cause a problem, because the female must burrow into the soil to deposit her eggs. If she cannot, she will simply die. But remember that swarmer’s indoors may be a sign of an existing problem.
Swarming termites outdoors may not be a problem at the time for your home, but remember that if the female finds soil and has a chance to deposit her eggs, it can be a problem for your home in the future.
Often homeowners are confused between swarming termites and swarming ants. The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is to look at the body. The ant has three distinct body parts, the head, abdomen and thorax. The ant will look like it has a waist. The termite looks like it only has a head and a long body. The termite will look like it is thick waisted. As a general rule, swarmer’s emerge on warm sunny days when the humidity is high, often after a rain shower.
If you see indications of termite activity this spring, don’t panic, leave the signs of the termite damage or swarmer’s for us to inspect, and give us a call so we can provide you with the best options for treatment.