Winter Weather Leaves Homes Susceptible to Termite Infestations
***Green Giant Pest Control advises homeowners to remain vigilant of termites as the weather warms up.***
The winter “trifecta” of snow, ice and wind may leave some homes damaged this spring and vulnerable to the most destructive pests – termites. Green Giant, a pest management provider servicing South-Eastern Pennsylvania, advises homeowners to be aware of the property threats posed by termites and brush up on some simple tips to detect and even prevent an infestation as weather conditions improve.
Termites are known as “silent destroyers” due to their ability to chew through wood, flooring and wallpaper undetected. They cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year – an expense not typically covered by homeowners insurance.
“When spring rolls around, termites emerge from their overwintering spots in search of mates and new structures in which to establish their colonies – most often, our homes,” warns Josh Moser, Customer Service Manager for Green Giant Pest Control. “Unfortunately, termites can be difficult to spot with the naked eye, so homeowners should routinely inspect the foundation of the home for signs of termites, including mud tubes, cracked or bubbling paint and soft wood that sounds hollow when tapped.”
Green Giant offers a number of valuable tips to help homeowners prevent termites from inflicting serious structural damage to their biggest investment:
- Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
- Repair leaking faucets, water pipes and AC units on the outside of the home.
- Repair fascia, soffits and rotted roof shingles.
- Replace weather stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.
- Divert water away from your house through properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
- Maintain an 18-inch gap between soil and any wood portions of your home.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
“Although the winter season isn’t quite over yet, it’s never too early to schedule a termite inspection,” added Moser. “In fact, all homeowners should have their property inspected for termites by a licensed pest professional every one to three years.”