Tulsa's Guide To Surviving Termite Season

April 30, 2020

Can you imagine if termites were the size of dogs? If a home was even partly made of wood it would be destroyed in just a matter of hours, like something out of a horror movie. Fortunately, this is not the case. Unfortunately, termites still pose a huge threat to homes here in Tulsa. If you are looking for a way to keep termites from destroying your Tulsa home this termite season, we have just the guide for you.

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When Is Termite Season?

Unlike the seasons of spring, summer, fall, and winter, termite season is not marked by specific dates. It is marked by when termites are active and by when they swarm. In Tulsa, this can run from January to December. Wait, isn’t that all year? It is. Turns out, Oklahoma's generally warm and humid weather is perfect for termites. With little to no cold to threaten them, termites are allowed to swarm and threaten homes year-round. What does this mean for you? It means you have to be extra careful.

What Are Termite Swarmers?

Within each termite colony, there are three castes of termites: workers, soldiers, and reproductives. As colonies become fully mature, they produce winged reproductives called swarmers. These larger reproductive termites are tasked with finding new locations to build nests. This process is referred to as colonization.
 
One thing you should know about termite swarmers is that they are very poor flyers and often do not get very far from their original nest before starting construction on a new nest. This can lead to several colonies all feeding on one source of wood. It is not uncommon for homes with a termite infestation to have three or more nests outside, all sharing the same food source (namely, the home).

The Extent Of Termite Damage

Termite damage is often determined by two factors: the amount of time termites have been able to eat unhindered, and the number of colonies present on a property. Studies show that just one fully mature colony of termites can eat the equivalent of a 2 x 4 of wood in just about six months. Here is some damage commonly found in homes dealing with a long-term termite infestation.

  • Tight-fitting doors or windows

  • Dipping floorboards

  • Bubbling wallpaper and or paint

  • Sagging ceilings

  • Buckling support beams

  • Hollow-sounding wood

  • Visible tunnels running through structural wood

The kicker with termites is that they are extremely silent and elusive. It is not uncommon for termite infestations to go unnoticed for years before being discovered.

What Spotting Swarmers Means For Your Property

There are two places you might see swarmers, inside your home, or around your home. One of these places is much better than the other. If termite swarmers are seen outside your home, all it means is that there is a fully mature colony somewhere nearby, most likely within a block of your home. If swarmers are found inside your home, however, we have some bad news for you. Your home most likely has a termite infestation.

How To Get Rid Of Termites

Seeing termite swarmers around your home can be stress-inducing. Fortunately, we have a fast and reliable solution for you here at Dandi Guaranty. With our team of highly trained pest technicians on your side, your home will be termite-free in no time. 
 
Want to have your home checked for termites? We also offer detailed termite inspections. 
 
Don’t leave your home to chance when it comes to termites and the damage they can cause. Give Dandi a call today and get your Tulsa property the protection it needs. Your answer to pests is a phone call away.

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