What Termite Season Means For Your Charlotte Home


March 31, 2020

It’s coming close to the season of baseball, softball, lacrosse, and more. But spring isn’t just a time to focus on sports. It’s also an important time of year to pay attention to what pests are living in and around your home.

a termite infestation on wood

Termites are actually active all year, but it’s vital to keep an eye out for them in the spring. It is often the one time of year that termites can be seen in the open. There’s a lot to know about termite season and protecting your home from these pests.

When Is Termite Season?

Termites in North Carolina can live all year. The termites in this area are subterranean termites. They live underground and spend their days inside of wooden structures where they can find cellulose to eat. These termites aren’t as affected by the cold as some other pests.

However, during the spring, swarmer termites leave the nests in order to start new termite colonies. These termites are large and winged and the only termites able to reproduce. They’ll live in the nest with the group, then swarm to find a mate and a place for their new colony.

As we move into spring, you need to be on the lookout for these swarmers. They are often the first, and sometimes the only, visible sign of an established termite infestation. Don’t let them build nests on your property. If you see a sign of these winged termites, it’s time to get professional help.

Preventing Termites

Here are the best tips for preventing termite infestations.

  • Repair leaks and replace water damaged wood. Termites are more attracted to damp wood, which is softer and easier for them to eat.

  • Clear your yard of debris. If you have logs, branches, stumps, and cardboard in the yard, termites will find it. They may then be attracted to your house.

  • Keep wood piles far from your home. Again, termites that are attracted to your wood pile, can easily move into your walls.

  • Clean the gutters and apply weather stripping to doors and windows. This will protect your home from water damage.

  • Avoid letting soil touch wood near your home. Subterranean termites are looking for damp soil and a food source nearby. If you create barriers between the soil and the wooden exterior of your home, you’ll have less chance of an infestation.

  • Invest in year-round termite monitoring from a professional pest control company like ProForce LLC. We’ll catch termites before they cause any damage to your home.

After Spotting Termites

 
What signs should you be looking for this spring to avoid termite damage? If you see even a single flying termite, shed wings, or dead termites with wings, call ProForce LLC.

If termites build a new colony near your home, they can cause thousands of dollars in repair costs. Termites destroy the wooden structures of your home. The resulting damage can lead to uneven floors, bulging walls, or even unsteady ceilings.

Don’t risk the damage. ProForce LLC offers affordable and reliable pest control care and termite monitoring and removal. We want to protect your home through this termite season and all year long. Give us a call so you can get back to the sports games without wondering if your house will still be standing when you get back. Just like your favorite players, our service professionals will always do their best. We will work to make your life more comfortable, safe and productive.

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