March

29

2013

 
termite swarmer and worker

Termites cause nearly 5 billion dollars in damages each year; are you aware of what these pests look like?

Even though no one wants ski season to really end, spring is officially here according to the calendar and that means warm days, spring rains and termite swarms are right around the corner. Termite swarms – yikes!

The National Pest Management Association has designated March 25-29 as Termite Awareness Week and with termites causing an estimated $5 billion in damage annually in the U.S. a week may not seem long enough!

EnviroPest by Sprague Pest Solutions wants to make Colorado homeowners aware of the destructive ways of termites and how to prevent them from causing costly damage to their homes.

There are two species of termites Colorado homeowners need to be aware of – subterranean and drywood termites. Subterranean termites live in the soil and attack a structure through untreated wood that comes in contact with the soil. On the other hand drywood termites eschew living in soil and will fly directly to a structure and look for access to a structure.

Termites will attack floor joists, support beams, fence and deck posts, kitchen cabinets, door and window framing, and furniture while satisfying their wood “sweet tooth.” They typically swarm in the spring of the year following a warm, rainy day.

The Sprague Pest Experts offer the following tips to prevent termites from becoming a problem in your home:

  • Make sure no untreated wood comes in contact with the soil and remove all waste wood from new construction building sites.

  • Cinder blocks, bricks or other hollow masonry in contact with wood and soil should be moved or capped shut with reinforced concrete or a metal shield.

  • Repair and seal cracks or gaps in the foundation to deny termites easy access to a structure.

  • Eliminate excess moisture sources (subterranean termites thrive on moist humid conditions) by fixing leaking plumbing. 

  • Wooden shingles or supports should have at least 8 inches of clearance above the soil.

  • Maintain a 2 foot landscape- and mulch-free barrier around the foundation.

  • High humidity helps promote termite infestations. Make sure that crawl spaces are well ventilated.

If you think you have spotted termite activity around your home, contact EnviroPest by Sprague Pest Solutions. We have the products, highly trained technicians and know-how to prevent or eliminate these destructive pests from taking over your home.

Send us an e-mail at info@spraguepest.com and we’ll be happy to get back with you with more information.

Sincerely,

The Sprague Pest Experts