Owning your own home is a source of pride, and we know how important it is to create a space that is peaceful and relaxing. A beautiful piece of property in Upper Lake is an idyllic place to live or vacation. However, these properties not only provide an opportunity for rest and relaxation, but they also welcome unwanted pests who will quickly turn your haven into a nightmare. One dreaded pest to have on your Upper Lake property is termites. These pests will silently turn your wooden structure into their permanent food source.
When Is Termite Season, Really?
Although termite season typically begins in spring to summer months that feature warm, wet weather, termites are active all year round. The term 'termite season' refers to the months when they mate the most because termites need a few warm days following a rain shower to recolonize. Swarmers, which are the winged termites that mate as they fly in large groups, prefer this weather for reproduction and are the most recognizable sign of termite activity.
When the weather gets warmer, you should begin keeping a wary eye out for grey, buzzing clouds of swarmers. A termite swarm doesn’t always mean that there is an established colony on your property. It may mean there is a colony nearby. However, if you see a swarm, you know you have a current problem or one that is about to begin.
Since a swarm is the easiest sign of termite activity to notice, you should consider professional pest control solutions as soon as you see a swarm near your property. Termites are terrible flyers, so unless the wind blows them to the next yard, they will most likely colonize where they breed.
Along with swarms themselves, you can watch out for shed swarmer wings on the ground of your property that may indicate the location of a mating event. Other signs of termite activity include rotting wooden structures under your home and soft clicking noises within the walls, indicating that termites are feeding. As they work, they drill holes in the wood and push out piles of wood pellets and droppings. Their droppings or frass resemble piles of salt and pepper and are an indicator of a serious termite infestation.
Guaranteed Protection Vs. Costly Potential Consequences
Unfortunately, other than the swarms, many of these signs may go unnoticed for months. And, after six months, termite activity in your home will likely require costly repairs. It only takes six to eight months for termites to cause significant damage, and this will only get worse over time. Every year in the United States, 600,000 homeowners pay an average of $3,000 or more on termite damage. In the end, if you’re not looking carefully for the signs, it may cost you in the long run.
The most effective way to avoid a termite infestation is to exercise some preventative measures to keep these pests away. You need to keep in mind that termites love moisture, so limiting moisture around the foundation of your home is key. Keep an eye on the leaking faucets or pipes under the house, along with any outdoor AC units. Rain runoff will also create a lot of moisture around the foundation of your home if you don’t have a proper gutter, drop spout, and splash block system in place. You can also keep a 12 to an 18-inch barrier between the soil and any wooden structures around your home to discourage termite activity.
These home remedies are a few ways to limit your risk, but nothing is certain. The only guaranteed way to protect your Upper Lake property home from a termite infestation is to trust the professionals at Pestmaster® Services. Our expert technicians will give you a consultation whether you’re looking for preventative care or you’ve witnessed signs of an infestation. Keep your Upper Lake home protected from termite damage by calling Pestmaster® Services today!