Greensboro, NC -- Spring has arrived and as temperatures begin to rise across the country, so will the possibility for termite swarms.
Swarmers are considered the kings and queens of the termite species. They search for their nesting spot. Scott McNeely of McNeely Pest Control said this is the start of having a problem.
According to Terminix, termites eat surfaces undetected and cause more than $5 billion in property damage every year. Americans generally pay out-of-pocket because it's an expense that isn't typically covered under homeowners' insurance policies.
McNeely said termites in North Carolina are always active, but prevention is the key. During the months of April and May termite swarms are more likely.
According to NPMA, March 25th - 29th is Termite Awareness Week. The awareness week aims to bring more of a better understanding against termites and educate homeowners about ways to ensure their properties don't fall victim to this voracious pest.
"Pest proofing and home improvement projects are often designated to the spring season. Now is the perfect time of year to remind homeowners to take the necessary steps to protect their greatest investment from costly damage," said Burns Blackwell, President at Terminix Triad.
The National Pest Management Association NPMA offers the following prevention tips for homeowners to help guard against termites:
• Carefully inspect the perimeter of the home for mud tubes and rotting wood.
• Divert water away from the home through properly functioning downspouts and gutters.
• Repair fascia, soffits and rotted roof shingles.
• Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
• Maintain a one-inch gap between soil and wood portions of the home.
• Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and check it for pests before bringing it indoors.
For more information on termites, visit the A&T Entomology website.
Area Pest Control Companies:
Terminix of the Triad is offering free termite inspections for the area. For more information, please visit Terminix-Triad. McNeely Pest Control also offers free termite inspections.
Remember, it is always a good idea to shop around.