What The Start Of Termite Season Means For Your Asheville Home
March 16, 2020 - Termites
Most pests you can identify with a single glance. “That’s a fly, that’s a spider, that’s a mosquito.” But every once in a while, a pest comes around that makes you say, “What the heck is that!?” This is usually the case for termite swarmers. If strange-looking flying insects have been flying around your home, there is a chance you could be dealing with termite swarmers. It is termite season out there, with just a little bad luck, your home could be at risk.
What Are Termite Swarmers?
Most termites do not fly. Worker termites stay underground or within a structure of wood where they can keep their skin moist. Termite soldiers do the same, protecting their subterranean nests from intruders. It is only certain chosen reproductive termites that are equipped with wings and given the job of colonization. These are what we call termite swarmers. Very similar in appearance to flying ants, termite swarmers can be identified by their uniform oval-shaped bodies absent of pinches between body segments, like that of ants.
What Termite Season Means
Termite season here in Asheville usually begins in springtime. During this time, termite swarmers are produced from fully mature colonies and given the job of establishing new nests. This can be made apparent around homes by the swarmers themselves or the wings they shed. More often than not, termite swarmers and or their wings are the first sign homeowners notice before discovering a termite infestation in their home. If you have been noticing swarmers inside or around your Asheville home, don’t worry, we have a solution coming right up.
Now, just because termites only swarm during termite season, does not mean they are not active year-round. Here in Asheville, temperatures tend to stay above what is needed for termites to survive and destroy homes. To keep your home safe from hungry termites, we have some suggestions you can try.
How To Prevent Termites
If you have not yet found swarmers or their wings inside or around your home, it is not too late to take action to protect your home. Here are some prevention steps we recommend for homeowners looking for ways to deter termites.
- Remove leaf piles, wood, cardboard, paper-based products, and other organic debris from your property.
- Make sure your gutters are in good working order.
- Store firewood and lumber at least 30 feet from your home and keep it dry as much as possible.
- Seal up gaps and cracks in your home’s foundation, using a caulking gun.
- Fix leaks inside your home and use a dehumidifier to reduce humidity as needed.
- Eliminate sources of water buildup that could be negatively affecting your home’s wood.
- Repair and or replace water-damaged, rotting, or decaying structural wood around your home.
Keep in mind that these steps will do nothing to solve any existing termite problems. If termites are destroying your home, you are going to need an expert in pest control.
How To Get Rid Of Termites
If you suspect termites are already eating away at your home, or are looking for a way to ensure that your home remains termite-free, year-round, we have your answers here at Noble Pest Solutions. With over 15 years of experience and a team dedicated to hard work and reliability, you will find no-one better to defend your home and investments.
Give us a call today with any questions about our services or to schedule an inspection for your Asheville property.