What Termite Season Could Mean For Your Delaware County Home

termite swarmers on a patio

Pests are like the wind or air. Just because you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean it’s not there. There are many insects and creatures who can quietly infiltrate your Delaware County home. They might have formed an entire nest without you knowing it. What’s disturbing is that you may not be aware of their presence until they’ve caused significant harm. It could be to your abode or your belongings. You, your relatives, or pets could suddenly become ill due to germ exposure or some other element related to the critters. Termites are exactly the kind of pests to sneak indoors and wreak havoc.

Termites are a homeowner’s nightmare because they attack wood. Their assaults are so detrimental, it costs Americans a shared $5 billion each year to combat or recover from them. Insurance companies are partly responsible for the steep bill, as many won’t cover these expenses. Find out how to prepare for termite season with M.A.D. Exterminators, Inc.

When Is Termite Season? What Are Termite Infestation Signs?

More or less, there’s a termite species that’s active for every season of the year. That said, unfortunately, there’s no getting away from them. Subgroups that are common in the area often procreate in the spring. Winged termite swarmers handle reproduction, flying from packed nests to build fresh ones. They are yellow, brown, or black, and ½ of an inch long. Light sources draw them in. White or grayish white workers and yellow-brown soldiers will remain inside walls and around soil. These bugs are about 0.12 of an inch long. Soldiers stick out physically because of their rectangular heads and defined jaws. Given that swarmers are the only ones in the colony to out themselves, they’re the first suggestion of an infestation. Additional clues are:

  • Discovering swarmer wings; they’ll be scaly and translucent 
  • Seeing mounds of fecal frass close to termite maze patterns, mud tubes, and holes 
  • Hollow sounding foundations 
  • Hearing soft noises inside of walls
  • Having stained and shedding paint that looks water damaged 
  • Noticing that drywall is baggy and off-color 
  • Lax tiles and caving floorboards
  • Rigid doors and window frames

Termites are a scare for homeowners because the insects can make bases and walls frail. It could get to the point of a fold, which may result in human injury. You might have to leave your treasured place behind altogether, or vacate temporarily. Neither case is convenient or pleasing to confront. Moreover, allergies can flare up around termites but disease won’t be a threat.

How Can One Prevent Termites?  

It cannot be stressed enough that deterrence measures are crucial when it comes to termites. You’ll have to tend to your yard and building maintenance in a meticulous way. It won’t always be easy or delightful, but the effort will be worthwhile in the end, if you: 

  • Remove or fix wood that’s decomposing or ruined
  • Have moisture issues and leaks repaired, prioritize those where wood is damp 
  • Seal cracks and crevices in utility lines, caulk, and foundations
  • Add screens to exterior vents
  • Clean vents and gutters regularly
  • Make sure that loose wood, like logs, aren't on the soil
  • Place plants and wood a few feet away from the property 
  • Routinely trim grass and greenery

What Can M.A.D. Exterminators, Inc. Do About Termites?

We at M.A.D. Exterminators, Inc. have technicians that are specially trained on termite elimination. They have the expertise to identify species, nesting spots, and entry points. Our safe and industrial strength treatments include Termidor liquids, injections, and sprays. These products are curated to quickly destroy colonies. Warranties, preventative options, annual examinations, and more are available. Call M.A.D. Exterminators, Inc. today for a free quote!