Professional pest control companies typically recommend annual termite inspections for their regular customers. Clients who invest in a pest management program often enjoy this benefit as part of their full package of services. However, some homeowners do not feel termite inspections are necessary. Have you recently been wondering whether you should really bother with spring termite inspections for your home or properties?
Here’s the thing about spring termite inspections – you can do a preliminary check for termites on your own, and spring is the perfect time to do it. Warm spring temperatures and rainfall trigger an instinctive signal for winged termites, called swarmers. These bugs take flight from their colonies, pair off to mate, shed their wings, and head underground to start new colonies. So during the increasingly warm spring days ahead, you can easily walk the perimeter of your home or property and look for piles of insects or their dropped wings. If you spot either, you know you have a termite problem.
Why taking care of termites is important in the spring
Swarmers can also emerge inside buildings in the springtime. Whether you can see them or not is a toss of the coin, because about three-quarters of your home can’t be seen with the naked eye. You can still take a quick peek at visible areas inside for signs of swarmers in the home. If you do spot indoor swarmers, the good news is these particular termites can’t eat wood, and they can easily be vacuumed up. The bad news is that they are a sign of far worse termite infestation under, in or around the perimeter of the house.
Another red flag to look out for is mud tubes. Termites build them as sheltered highways between their colony and the parts of the structure they feed on. It can be difficult to determine whether a mud tube is connected to an active termite colony. Termites constantly abandon mud tubes when they start foraging for food in another part of the structure. Pest control professionals are the best choice to determine if there is an active colony present on the premises.
Just as you have a better chance of spotting termite warning signals in the springtime, so does a pest control professional. The biggest difference is that an expert has the knowledge and proper tools in his arsenal, and knows far more warning signs to look out for than you do. So should you spend the time to have spring termite inspections completed? The answer is YES.
Termites cause billions of dollars in damages every year. If your home sustains termite damage, your homeowner’s insurance probably won’t cover it. You can ward off disaster by having a professional pest control company perform a thorough termite inspection. For spring termite inspections in the Atlanta area, call North Fulton Pest Solutions at 770-475-7419 today; your termite inspection an termite protection estimate is FREE!!!