According to PestWorld Magazine, “Following an unusually warm start to winter, professionals are predicting an early termite season and the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA) stands ready to shout about termites from the rooftop. PPMA, which serves as the public outreach arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), is asking for the industry to join in with their efforts to educate consumers on the importance of protecting against termites during Termite Awareness Week, March 10th-16th, 2019”.
“Termites, known as “silent destroyers” for their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected, cause more than $5 billion in property damage in the U.S. every year – damage that is often not covered by homeowner’s insurance. Homes with moisture damage from rain, snow and ice are prime targets for termites in search of structures in which to establish new colonies,” comments PestWorld.org.
To help consumers protect their homes, NPMA shares the following top signs of a termite infestation:
SWARMERS: Swarmers are young female and winged termites that often invade homes in the springtime. They especially seek out buildings that have sustained damage from severe winter weather. Once swarmers have determined your home to be a good ﬁt, it’s likely that the rest of the termite colony will follow.
DISCARDED WINGS: The discarded wings of swarmers can often be found near windowsills and doors and are often the ﬁrst and only outwardly visible sign of a termite problem.
WOOD DAMAGE: Termites tend to eat wood from the inside out, so wood that sounds hollow when tapped often signiﬁes a termite infestation. Homeowners should also look for rotting wood and cracked or bubbling paint, as these are signs of moisture buildup that could either mean water damage or termites.
FRASS: Drywood termites produce wood-colored droppings as they eat through infested wood. If a homeowner ﬁnds a small pile of what looks like pellets inside or outside the home, it could be a sign of drywood termite infestation.
MUD TUBES: Subterranean termites, the most destructive termite species, build mud tubes to provide moisture while they travel between their colony and a food source. Mud tubes are most often found near the home’s foundation.
It is highly recommended that you schedule routine termite inspections in your home and business to look for termites before they do any damage. A local experienced pest control company can perform the inspection at your convenience.
The PPMA was founded in 1997 to grow, promote, protect and defend the pest management industry. For more than 20 years, PPMA has served as the voice of the industry and continues to proactively provide the public with information and education on the value of professional pest management through its media relations, public service announcement, advertising and online communications programs it conducts on behalf of the National Pest Management Association.
The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 5,500 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property from the diseases and dangers of pests.
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