Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Termites Likely to Flourish in Warm Spring Weather

(BUSINESS WIRE)--After a long winter, warmer weather is being eagerly anticipated. However, there is an important reason to be cautious this spring, especially with the increased moisture experienced across the nation during the winter months - termites. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) warns that as the temperature begins to increase so does the potential for termite swarms and infestations.

Once termites infest a home, these aggressive pests can quickly chew through floors, walls, carpeting and even wallpaper. With a termite colony's ability to chew 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and to number in the hundreds of thousands, the damage caused by termites can threaten the structural safety of a home. In fact, NPMA research has found that termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage every year.

“Although certainly prevalent in the South, termites live in almost every region of the United States,” says Greg Baumann, senior scientist for NPMA. “Every home is at risk for a termite infestation, even the most beautifully maintained property. This is why homeowners must be vigilant and regularly inspect their properties for termite damage, especially if a house does not have regularly scheduled termite inspections.” Baumann continued, “These pests have a keen ability to remain undetected until damage becomes visible.”

NPMA offers these proactive tips to help prevent termite infestations within homes this spring:

* Carefully inspect perimeter of home for rotting wood, mud tubes or a visible termite presence.
* Eliminate any sources of moisture, as water attracts termites.
* Divert water away from your property through properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
* Do not stack firewood or lumber near home, and inspect it carefully before bringing indoors.
* If your home is newly constructed, remove old form boards and grade stakes, which may have been left behind.
* If you see signs of a termite infestation, contact a licensed pest professional promptly.

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