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Termites begin swarming in North Carolina

Staff Report

April 15, 2013

As warm, spring weather begins in the state, termite swarms are being reported by homeowners statewide.


NCPMA is urging homeowners to contact professional pest management companies to treat possible termite infestations and to schedule home inspections before they spot termite swarms.


“Warm, spring weather provides the perfect atmosphere for termite swarms, which is why many homeowners are reporting them now,” said Lee Smith, entomologist and board member of NCPMA. “Since termites can infest a home for years before homeowners realize it, annual inspections by trained pest management professionals can identify potential termite infestations before they cause costly damage. This year , we are offering the NCPMA PestLine as a resource to help them identify their problem and find a qualified professional.”


Throughout April, homeowners can receive answers to their termite questions and a list of pest management companies in their area by contacting the NCPMA PestLine. Consumers can contact the NCPMA PestLine by emailing pestline@ncpestmanagement.org or Tweeting @ncpestmgmt with the hashtag #ncpmapestline.


According to the Unted States Forest Service, North Carolina is rated as Moderate to Heavy infestation for Subterranean Termites. According to the National Pest Management Association, termite infestations cause homeowners $5 billion in property damage every year.


Termites can infest any type of house and its surrounding areas in very little time, often going undetected while doing thousands of dollars in damages to a home. A colony of termites feeds 24 hours a day and can chew through any wood or paper product including wood, flooring and wallpaper.


The NCPMA offers the following tips to help homeowners prepare their homes for termite season:


- Renewed Annual Inspections


Have your home inspected annually by a qualified pest professional. Visit www.ncpestmanagement.org to find a pest professional in your area.


- Exterior Wooden Structures


Keep exterior wooden structures such as decks or firewood piles away from your home’s foundation as termites can infest the exterior structure first and then move on to your home.


- Check for Mud Tubes


Termites may create mud tubes as a way to enter the home. Have your foundation inspected regularly for signs of mud tubes.


- Reduce Moisture


Termites love moisture. Keep water and moisture away from your house and make sure all drain spouts are properly diverting water from your home.