What Termite Season Could Mean For Your Tulsa Home
March 9, 2021
People say that education is powerful, and there’s no better example of this than termite control. There are plenty of misconceptions about termite activity in Tulsa, but the more you learn about these destructive pests, the more money you could save.
Understanding The Signs
Some folks get very confused by the term “termite season.” Most people think of termite season as the warmer, muggier summer months, especially June, but they’re only half right. Termites only swarm in these months, but they’re actively eating homes year-round. A termite swarm is their process of reproduction which involves winged termites (swarmers) buzzing around, possibly near light posts or trees on your property. If you notice a termite swarm, which usually looks like a grey cloud of flying insects, it’s time to call the professionals, as this is the most common sign of an infestation. (Keep in mind that swarmers only appear for about half an hour, and only once or maybe twice a year.)
Given a year or a year and a half, termites may be able to do $3,000 worth of damage. Failure to recognize termite signs early is the reason why termites cause billions of dollars worth of damage across the United States each year. But homeowners who notice the signs early can avoid costly damage by getting professional eradication treatments before severe damage is done.
You probably won’t see worker termites within your walls, but there are some signs of a termite infestation that you may be able to notice if you’re paying attention:
Mud tubes near the soil on the walls outside the house (if subterranean termites)
Sawdust building up along baseboards (if drywood termites)
Soft clicking noises in the walls
Tightening around doors and windows
If you notice these signs, it’s time to pick up the phone immediately. Remember: there is nothing you can do to get rid of an entire termite infestation on your own. Any or all of these signs means that it’s time to call in professional help.
Limiting The Attraction
While you may not be able to get rid of termites on your own, there are a few ways to lessen your chances of an infestation. Many people don’t realize that there are a number of activities that they’re doing or not doing that may be increasing their chances of termite activity on their property. Since most termites love devouring moist, rotting wood, then moisture control is the best place to start. Ways to reduce moisture around the property include:
Monitoring pipes for leaks
Utilizing a dehumidifier in basements/crawl spaces
Maintaining the lawn regularly
Using an effective gutter/downspout system to reduce rain runoff buildup near the side of the house
Along with moisture issues, keep in mind that improper firewood storage can be a great way to attract termites as well. Sealing firewood, storing it off the ground, and making sure that it is further than 20 feet from your house can help limit your chances of a termite infestation. Plus, in the case of subterranean termites, a buffer that limits soil-to-wood contact, like pine straw or gravel along the side of the house, can dramatically reduce your odds as well. The most effective buffers are anywhere between 12 and 18 inches wide.
Keep in mind that these methods only reduce the chances of an infestation. They are not guaranteed to keep your home termite-free. The only way you can be 100% sure that your home will be safe from potential termite damage is to utilize professional prevention methods, so call Dandi Guaranty today. We can help!