Termites can be active all year long once they establish a colony in your home. However, you are at risk of developing a new infestation in the spring. The spring is the time of year when winged reproductive termites leave their colony in search of a place to establish a new colony. This means that just about any home or building that has some type of wood construction is at risk for termites every spring. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to help keep your home safe from termites this spring.
Deal with water issues promptly
Water issues around your home can make it more attractive to termite swarmers. Subterranean termites need to find a place with moisture rich soil to establish a colony. If you have poor drainage around your house water can build up in the soil and attract termites. Leaky pipes under your house as well as other issues like a malfunctioning air conditioner can lead to excess water in the soil. If you deal with water issues promptly and keep your home properly maintained it can help keep your home safe from termites.
Keep an eye out for swarmers
Termite swarmers are a big threat to homes in the spring. They fly around looking for a spot that will provide them with the moisture and food that they need. If you keep an eye out, you can spot termite swarmers during the spring. Many people confuse these pests with flying ants but they are not the same. An easy way to tell the pests apart is to look at the body and determine if it is segmented. Flying ants have noticeably segmented bodies but termites do not. If you notice swarmers near your house it is a good idea to take action and bring in professional help to prevent an infestation.
Get a professional termite inspection
A professional termite inspection is a great way to keep your home safe from termites this spring. An inspection will let you know if you have an infestation and provide you with options for eradication. A professional termite inspection can also help if you do not have an infestation. You can learn if there is anything about your property that puts it at a high risk for an infestation. The inspector can point out those elements to you so you can fix the issues before an infestation occurs.
Invest in preventative measures
There are a few preventative measures that you can take to help protect your home from termites this spring. The most effective options involve bringing in a pest control professional. Your local termite experts at TAPS can provide you with options for preventing termites such as surrounding your home with baiting systems.
Preventing termites from infesting your home is the best way to avoid getting termite damage. You need to be especially vigilant in the spring because this is the time of year when new infestations develop. If you are ready to get some help protecting your home from termites this spring, schedule a free inspection with the pros at TAPS Termite.