You’ve heard of winter, spring, summer, and fall; but did you know there’s a termite season, too? That’s right, termites get their own season. The reason for this is because termites are destructive pests to have to infest your Columbus home. As such, the term “termite season” was coined to connotate the time of year when termites are most active and most likely to infest your home. This is when you need to be the most aware of the termite signs to look out for to know if your Columbus home is infested. Unfortunately, termites don’t start and stop with termite season. The truth is, you need to be ready for termites at any time of year. Still, knowing when and how termites infest goes a long way in keeping your home safe from these destructive pests.
When Exactly Is Termite Season?
To better understand termite season, it helps to know a bit about termites, their colonies, and how those colonies are comprised. Termites are small ant-like insects that can be pale yellow, brown, or black in color. While some live underground and others live inside of wood, they all live in colonies that are comprised of three separate castes. The castes that make up a termite colony are workers, soldiers, and reproductives. Each caste has a responsibility within the colony. Workers gather food for the colony. Soldiers protect the colony from threats. Reproductives, winged termites, are responsible for setting out and creating new colonies in a process known as a termite swarm. The time of year when reproductives are most likely to swarm is called termite season and it occurs from early spring throughout the summer. As such, the week prior to the start of spring is sometimes called termite awareness week.
How Much Damage Can Termites Cause?
Termites feed on cellulose that is found in wood. While out in the wilderness they help to break down fallen trees, branches, logs, and other decaying wood. When they come into our homes, however, and they start to the wood inside of them, they can inflict all sorts of costly damage. While they prefer moisture-damaged or decaying wood, they will eat just about any wood they come into contact with. They have been known to damage or destroy structural wood, siding, flooring, and wooden furniture and antiques. In the United States alone, termites are responsible for roughly five-billion-dollars’ worth of damage each year.
What Signs Should You Look Out For?
One of the main reasons termites can be so destructive is due to the fact that many people are unaware their home is infested until it’s too late. Therefore, being proactive about looking for termite signs goes a long way in keeping your home safe. In order to look for these, however, you need to know what they are.
Some common signs of a termite infestation include:
The appearance of swarmers or their shed wings around your home.
Soft, rustling noises coming from within the walls.
Excessively squeaky floors.
Tight-fitting windows and doors.
Mud tubes in the soil around your property.
The #1 Termite Solution For Your Columbus Home
If you notice one or more of the termite signs around your home, contact the professional here at Pestmaster® Services right away. The longer you wait, the more damage these pests will cause. Once you enlist our help, we’ll get started on eliminating every termite in and around your home. Then, we will get to work on taking the proper steps to better protect your home from future infestations. Don’t let termites destroy the wood in and around your Columbus home. Give us a call today to get started with your termite control plan.