When is termite season? It’s just around the corner, so you want to get ready with termite prevention to head of an infestation that could quickly get out of control. These tiny winged pests do billions in dollars of damage every year by eating through wood buildings. So, just how long is termite season? Technically, it never ends, as termites are active year-round. However, they are more active from May through September.
The various types of termites, including subterranean, dampwood, formosan and drywood, all eat, nest and breed in the warmer months, but continue surviving through the cooler months by chewing on your house.
If you see termites during termite season, you’ll need stronger termite treatment chemicals than you can buy over the counter. You can learn how to prevent termites by taking certain steps before, after and during termite season – and watching for signs of termites.
If you hear noises in the walls, you might have a termite infestation.
If you see wings on the floor, you might have termites. Termites lose their wings once they mate.
Piles of “sawdust” near walls, window frames and door frames are also a good indicator that you have termites.
Termites are lighter than flying ants, have straight instead of bent antennae, and have a thicker waist than flying ants.
If the walls in your house puncture easily, you probably found termite tunnels. Even a gentle push with your finger will put a hole in the wall.
Mud tubes on the walls, especially under your house.
Signs of termite nests near or under your home, including in old stumps that are close to your home.
You can prevent termites by:
Keeping plants away from the house. Trim them back by at least a foot. If you don’t have plants near the house, don’t plant anything closer than 5 to 6 feet.
Reduce termite prevention cost by moving piles of wood, old plant debris and standing water away from the house. Keep firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
If you notice termites, contact Clint Miller Exterminating as soon as possible for professional termite prevention treatment and termite prevention services. Trying to eradicate these pests yourself is rarely successful.
Check for any moisture around your home. Leaking pipes under and in your home are a magnet for thirsty pests.
Repair rotted fascia, roofing materials, and exterior walls.
Make sure the soil is at least 18 inches lower than the lowest wooden part of your home.
When you take preventative steps, you significantly reduce the risk of a termite invasion. Another preventative measure is to have a professional spray your home for pests every spring. You’ll not only mitigate termites, but spiders and other pests that start moving around during the warmer months.
Every spring and fall, you should look for signs of active termites. If you notice them in rotten wood some distance from your home, get rid of the rotten wood, then check your home. You can try to kill the termites yourself before moving the rotten wood, but keep an eye out for the termites finding their way to your home.
If you notice signs of termites, contact Clint Miller Exterminating as soon as possible to mitigate termite damage.