Are You Ready for Termite Awareness Week?
March 11, 2018
The National Pest Management Association has designated the week of March 11-17, 2018 as Termite Awareness Week. Termite infestations and damage are a huge problem in the United States and this week is designed to educate people on how to prevent becoming a victim of termites. The Professional Pest Management Alliance suggests that all pest control companies join in to help make people aware of the nuisance of termites. Everyone can jump in by posting information to social media using the hashtag #termiteweek or posting informative articles on their websites. McCauley Services here in Arkansas is joining in by sharing information about the types of termites and termite damage we deal with here in our home state.
It might be shocking to know that tiny little termites, often mistaken for flying ants, can literally bring down an entire structure. Termites swarm in the spring and most often take up residence in damp wood. Termites survive by eating wood and will chew through support beams, wood siding, flooring, cabinets and more. Most often they make their colonies in hidden areas where they won’t be disturbed, and you may not even know they are there.
You might see signs of termites, like a bunch of swarming winged insects in your yard or near wood piles, you may see bubbling in your walls, see wood shavings, or notice discarded wings. As they eat through your wood, they cannot only cause unsightly damage, but they can cause harm to the overall integrity of the structure of your home. It is important to have a professional rid you of your termite problem and have certified individuals check the safety of your home.
You can help prevent termites by keeping your basement, attic, and crawl spaces dry and well ventilated. You also want to seal up any openings in your home, repair cracks or holes in your foundation, use door guards and caulk windows to keep a good airtight seal that won’t allow termites in. You can also make sure that your yard and surrounding area is not attracting termites. Remove any decaying yard debris, keep firewood dry and stored away from your home, porches, or decks. Repair any leaky faucets or hoses, and clean gutters for proper drainage. Keeping the area dry is a great way to remove attractive nesting spots for termites.
Should you find yourself with a termite infestation or want to be sure to prevent one in the first place, McCauley Services in Arkansas can help you come up with a termite prevention and management plan to best suit your unique pest situation. We are happy to be a part of Termite Awareness Week and to help our customers protect their homes now and for years to come.