Experts are saying that due to heavy moisture from this past winter the result is larger than normal termite swarms. Termites look for wet and warm spots in a home. While small in size, large in number they can aggressively attack the wood in your home to the point of no return. It is said that the average Subterranean Termite colony in the US has between 60,000 and one million termites. Also, there can be 13 to 14 colonies per acre. That means there can be three to four colonies under or our around a home.
What to know
It is swarmer season and swarmers are termites in the middle of mating and reproduction looking for a new place to call home. It’s not really these that cause the damage (yet) but is definitely a sign that you have a problem on your hands. They have come from their colony underground or from within your home now that it’s warmer outside. Termites are very invasive and once they find a food source, they’ll eat all that and then move on to the next food source.
What to do
Monitor areas in your home that are usually damp and also keep your gutters free of leaves. Remove mulch and any wood from around the perimeter. If you suspect termites, don’t delay and call to address the issue. It is critical that you correct it right away or you could have significant problem in you home.
What to look out for
• Crumbling drywall or a several wings on your windowsill
• Mud tubes used to travel to food sources or sawdust like droppings in a pile
• If your wood feels soft or hollow when tapped
• Darkening or blistering of wood structures
• Cracked or bubbling paint
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