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Spring Brings Flowers, Showers, and… Swarmers?

Sping Brings Flowers, Showers, and SwarmersWe are in the midst of National Termite Week 2017 and it’s that time of year when folks like us warn folks like you to be on the lookout for swarming subterranean termites as the weather starts turning warmer. But why, you may ask, is that important to us here on the Gulf Coast of Florida, where the temperatures are always pretty, well, temperate?

Well, it just so happens that, according to the National Pest Management Association, Florida has the highest termite ‘pressure’ in the US. And where pressure builds, there’s bound to be a release sooner or later.

And guess where one of the highest concentrations of Coptotermes formosanus and Reticulitermes flavipes is? That’s right, the Gulf Coast of Florida. Check out the interactive map here!

Did you know that termites are responsible for $5 billlion in annual damages – more than floods and fires combined! And the swarming subterranean termites take the credit for 80% of that total!

So, as the snowbirds begin to plan their annual trek back to the Midwest and Canada and the college kids stop by for their annual week of sandy beach going, the rest of us will be on the lookout for the signs of subterranean swarming termites in our future.

  • Wood Damage – If the wood in your home is starting to look weakened or you see mysterious cracks, find a piece you can break off and inspect. If there’s a spreading fungus, then you’ve got dry rot. A problem to be sure, but one easily handled with a little epoxy and wood hardener. If, on the other hand, you discover tunnels spreading throughout the wood, especially tunnels with dirt residue in them, you’ve likely got termites.
  • Mud Tunnels – If you start to see small tubes of mud around the foundation of your house, about the width of a pencil, that’s a definite sign of swarming termite activity. While you can’t see all the way down, these tunnels lead into your house and the termites will use these tubes as their personal subway to get to the wood and moisture inside your home.
  • Termites – Yeah, this is the obvious one. If you see a whole passel of these little guys, especially in a tub or sink, guess what? You’ve got a problem. Subterranean termites can be identified by their black bodies with milky-colored wings. Drywood termites are more reddish-brown in color and have rainbow-colored wings.

Regardless of which termites might be trying to invade your home, Good News Pest Solutions has the plan that’s right for you, from Bradenton to Lakewood Ranch. To find out about our Termite Inspection for your property – before or after it’s built on, or our highly effective and affordable Term-Assure 365 for complete insect control year round, just contact us!

And like all of our solutions, our termite protection is 100% safe for your whole family. Don’t delay – as soon as you see signs of a termite problem, let us get to work for you!

 

 

 

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