In terms of termites, spring is the most dangerous time of the year. As the warm weather makes its comeback, thousands of termites leave their nests in search of new resource-rich settlements. If you aren’t prepared for a potential invasion, your home could be their next target.
Why Termite Swarms Are Bad News
It’s important to take spring’s termite swarms seriously because they signal the beginning of new infestations. While termites are active all year long, this is the peak time when reproductive colony members look for new nests of their own. Catching an infestation in its infancy can go a long way toward preventing significant structural damage down the road. Plus, more than just minimizing damages, staying on guard during the swarming season can mean avoiding a problem altogether. The easy three-step prep plan below is a great place to start.
1. Remove Wood Debris
Termites thrive on cellulose, a fibrous organic material that makes up wood pulp. To make your home less appealing for passing termite swarms, clean up any wood debris that might be within their reach. Rotting stumps, unused timber and other old construction materials are some of the most common offenders. If you use mulch for landscaping, keep it as far away from the foundation as possible. Subterranean termites work from the ground up, so you want to avoid giving them a reason to stick around your home’s perimeter.
2. Reduce Moisture
Plenty of water is another must-have for growing termite colonies. Since Florida’s humid climate makes moisture control especially challenging, the key is to focus on eliminating moisture traps like low-level areas, untrimmed hedges and clogged gutters. Anything that stops moisture collection or diverts water away from the foundation is a step in the right direction.
3. Invest in a Professional Inspection
All of the preventative work outside won’t guarantee good results if your home remains vulnerable on the inside. If you don’t remember the last time you had a pest inspection, the arrival of the swarming season is the perfect excuse to schedule your next appointment.
Remember that it’s a lot easier to prevent an infestation or stop a growing one in its early stage than to deal with its future aftermath. The same rule holds true for all pests, from termites to roaches to rodents. Whether you need emergency help or want to talk about prevention, Venice Pest Control has you covered. Contact us today to learn how we can help you keep termites and other pests at bay throughout the year.