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Expect an Early Arrival of Termites
A typical home with termites may have three to four termite colonies around it, with as many as one million termites in each colony. That's more than the number of people in most cities. Termite colonies are highly productive; colonies swarm in the spring in an attempt to start new colonies and their biology means that they are always on the hunt for food. Swarmers (reproductive termites) indicate an established colony has been around long enough that it has matured and is now trying to establish new ones. But, there are ways to both eradicate existing colonies as well as prevent infestations.
A termite colony is at work every moment of its existence. However, as the ground and air warm, termites increase activity to prepare for growth. Termites have very specific jobs to complete which are broken into three castes: workers, soldiers, and reproductives. A worker termite focuses on gathering food for the entire colony, traveling in a radius of 250 feet from the colony. The soldiers of the colony have the role of defending the colony from threats (such as ants) and to take care of the eggs and larvae. The king and queen are the only couple who build the colony. Swarmers, or reproductives, are the winged versions of termites that leave the colony during warm Spring and Fall weather to start new colonies.
Termites can enter your home through openings as small as 1/32 of an inch, so make sure your house structure is free of any cracks or holes as well as excess moisture, as this is a conducive condition for wood-destroying insects.
Chase Hazelwood, CEO of Go-Forth Pest Control, says they are receiving multiple calls every day about termite swarms. "While we have the tools to eradicate an existing termite infestation, it's definitely in a homeowner's best interest to take a preventative approach before they see swarmers, like their neighbors. Not only can this save them money on treatment costs, it can prevent damage before it starts."
These ravenous insects cost homeowners roughly $5 billion in property damage every year in the United States alone! Almost no homeowners insurance covers termite damage because it is seen as something that can and should be prevented by homeowners. Homeowners should heed the termites' Spring activity as an indication that it's time to start preparing our homes for Spring and Summer, and the pests that come with them, like termites, ants, ticks and mosquitoes!
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