Termite Treatments: Get Treated Now, not Later
Termites don’t hibernate. They’re active all year long. That’s why you need a seasonal approach to termite treatment, one that doesn’t quit when the weather cools off. If they’re active all year, then you need to be actively treating for them all year as well.
Spring is the typical season for swarming termites but it’s not the tilt of the earth that gets them going. It’s the temperature and the moisture level of the air that makes termites feel so frisky. Many areas can get a second wave of swarming in the fall when conditions are right. If you’ve seen a swarm, no matter the season, it means you’ve got termite trouble. Colonies don’t usually swarm until they’re around 4 years old so a swarm means an established colony, one that’s ready to produce “daughter” colonies.
Treating for termites in the fall is a good way to disrupt a colony and help prevent new ones from gaining ground. In the winter, termites tend to burrow deeper into the earth to maintain their optimal temperature so it’s important to get to them while they can still be reached. Later in the year, they’ll be even tougher to eradicate.
By treating in the fall, you stand a good chance of cutting short the termite colony’s life cycle. If you reduce their numbers in the fall, there will be fewer adults to swarm and reproduce in the spring. There will be fewer new colonies to give you trouble as well. Keep this up for several seasons and you can do a lot of damage to the termite numbers in your soil, maybe even eradicate them entirely.
Eradicating termites is a job for a professional pest management company and an integrated pest management system. Integrated pest management (IPM) combines both treatment and prevention to create an effective system to eliminate pests for the long term. IPM seeks to use less broad spectrum insecticide and more common-sense prevention techniques so it’s healthier for people and pets but still very effective.
One of the first things you can do to start treating for termites sooner rather than later is to make an appointment with a professional pest control agent. Ask for an inspection and an IPM plan. Your agent should spend some time discussing what he finds upon inspection and your options for treating any issue that the inspection revealed.
In the meantime, there are a lot of things you can do to make your pest pro’s job a little easier. One of the first things your pro will do is inspect your home and property. Make this job a little less difficult by getting your home and yard ready. Here are a few tips:
- Trim up the foundation plants. If you have hedges or foundation shrubs, get out the hedge clippers and make it easy to access the foundation. Termite mud tubes are a tell-tale sign that most inspectors will look for but they will have to view the entire foundation to see if you have any.
- Clean up any yard waste or debris. Termites are attracted to any wood whether it’s part of your home’s structure or a fallen branch. A tidy property is easier to inspect and will attract less pests altogether.
- Clear a path to your access points. If you have a drop-down attic door or a somewhat hidden crawl space entrance, clear out any clutter leading to it. Your agent will need to inspect your crawlspace and attic so make it easy on him to get there.
Get ahead of any termite issues by treating in the fall. Don’t wait for a swarm to start your IPM plan.