This week is gorgeous weather. It is one of those reasons we love the mountains of East Tennessee. Cool mornings and warm afternoons. We just love to be outside in this weather.
As the temperatures continue to increase Knox and Sevier County and the ground becomes warmer, winged termites will emerge in search of a suitable spot to create a new colony. To promote public vigilance against termites, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recognizes this week, March 16-22, as Termite Awareness Week. Here are a few items for you, homeowner and business owner, to educate yourself about the threat of termites. We also have shared a few of the common signs of a termite infestation you may come across this spring.
The 411 on Termites
Termites feed 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the cellulose found in wood and paper products. They are known as “silent destroyers” due to their ability to compromise the structure of a home without being noticed until it’s too late.
Termites are very destructive and the damage inflicted can be quite costly if left undetected, and are most likely to cause problems in this time of year, so it’s important for homeowners to be on the lookout for signs of these wood-destroying pests in and around their property.
Here are a few clues that termites may be present in a home:
- Mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source) on the exterior of the home
- Soft wood in the home that sounds hollow when tapped
- Darkening or blistering of wood structures
- Cracked or bubbling paint
- Small piles of feces that resembles sawdust near a termite nest
- Discarded wings near doors or on windowsills, indicating swarmers have entered the home
For help in identifying a possible termite infestation, determining the extent of the problem, and providing treatment recommendations and/or plans then give us a call (866-448-2847) or contact us through this website.