How Memphis Homeowners Can Limit Their Spring Termite Risk
April 30, 2019
Lots of good things come with springtime. The air is fresher, the trees are greener, and termites are back looking for homes to destroy. Okay, maybe that last one is not a good thing but, honestly, there are a lot of upsides to spring; things like go-carting with the family, long walks on a beautiful trail in the woods, and watching termite swarmers landing on your home, looking for their next meal.
We should probably address the elephant in the room.
Although springtime is a wonderful time of year, there is no doubt, it does come with a few bad things. One bad thing is that it brings termite season.
Why Termites Are Active and Swarming This Time of Year In Tenessee
Every year when the weather cools down in fall and winter, termites go dormant. During these months we see the most reprieve from their destructive activities. However, when the weather heats back up, they re-emerge to potentially cause damage to our homes. And they begin sending out swarmers.
Swarming is a process where fully mature termite colonies send out winged termites with a single purpose in life, to find new homes. This means that termites will be taking to the air looking for a suitable location to establish new colonies. If they happen to find your home in this search, and it has the needed amenities to suit their needs, you could find yourself in a fair amount of trouble.
Tips and Strategies to Mitigate Potential Infestations
Termites will not invade the first home they see. When searching for a place to call home, they will look for a few factors to determine if a location is suitable for their needs. The biggest thing they look for is moisture. If a home and it's surrounding areas have a high amount of moisture, termites will feel right at home. More specifically, if a home’s structural wood has been negatively affected by a leak or water build up, termites will have exactly what they are looking for. Here are some simple tips and tricks you can implement around your home to detract termites from settling in on your property.
- Fix leaks and remove water build up around your home.
- Make sure soil is not directly touching any exterior wood of your home.
- Clean organic debris from around your yard, this includes stick piles, lumber, or anything wood related.
- Trim back foliage around the exterior of your home, allowing sunlight to directly touch the walls of your home and the ground around it.
- Consider installing dehumidifiers in particularly humid areas of your home such as basements.
Why Professional Treatment Is The Only Real Long-Term Solution For Termites
DIY can be helpful to deter termites, but it is not a sure-fire solution. The best way to keep termites away from your home is with professional termite control through Mid South Pest & Termite. When you invest in our quality pest control, you find your freedom from the treats termites can pose. So don’t wait. Give us a call today and get the protection from termites you deserve.