How To Prepare For Texas Termite Swarms
It's finally spring here in Texas and a lot of things are changing. Trees are regaining their leaves, the grass is looking greener than ever, and rain just won’t stop falling. Yet despite all of the noticeable changes, some smaller ones tend to go under the radar, at least until they are right in our faces. One thing that is different that you may not have noticed is that termites are swarming. That's right, wood-eating, home-destroying termites have taken to the air in a search for new homes and places to eat. If you are not careful, they may choose your home as their next food source.
What Are Termite Swarmers?
Termite swarmers are winged termites. Typically, here in Texas, fully mature subterranean termite colonies will start sending out swarmers in February and will continue until May. However, other species such as dry wood termites start swarming as summer starts. These swarmers main job is to leave their colony and find new locations to build new homes. If they find what they are looking for in or around your home, you may find yourself with a serious problem on your hands.
How You Can Protect Your Home From Termites
When it comes to protecting your home against termites, the best thing you can do is make your home less appealing to them. For the most common species of termite here in Texas, the subterranean termite, this means reducing moisture. By their nature, these termites need moist areas to live in, and water-damaged wood to feed on. The more you can take away these necessities around your home, the less likely it will be that termites will settle in. Here are a few simple places to start:
Trim back foliage around the exterior of your home. The more sunlight can touch your foundation, the dryer and less attractive your home will be to termites.
Find and repair water-damaged wood. If any of the wood of your home has been damaged by water, it is susceptible to a termite infestation. Make sure you have any and all of these areas repaired.
Search out any leaks or water build up that could be negatively affecting your home’s wood. Eliminate any water sources you find, and fix any leaks.
Consider installing dehumidifiers in particularly humid areas of your home. This will reduce moisture and make those areas less attractive to termites.
When To Call The Professionals
If you are already seeing termite swarmers around or in your home, that is a bad sign. It is an indication that you have a fully mature colony nearby or already within your home and is your cue to call in the pros. Even if you don’t see termite swarmers buzzing about, we still recommend having your home inspected for termites. For your free termite inspection or professional termite control service, give us a call today. We would be happy to assess the situation and find a course of action that is right for you.