Prevent Termites from Swarming this Spring
In Florida, one has to think of the seasons a little differently than everywhere else in the country. Spring, a traditional time to start preparing for insects, starts in February in Orlando (if not earlier, especially this year). When planning for the season and the pests, it will inevitably bring termites. With slowly warming temperatures, these well-known pests begin the process of creating new colonies, and often the target can be your home. It takes experts in Orlando termite control, such as the masterminds at Apex, to figure out the structures most likely to be vulnerable to termites. Having this professional expertise on your side is vital, as not all buildings are created equal in terms of being prime habitat for the state’s outsized termite population.
There are some things that you can do to prevent termites from swarming your home or business in the first place, and you should be looking into these measures now. Termites are notoriously difficult to remove from a structure, but prevention is a much more reasonable goal. Five things in particular to watch for:
- Work outside in: This seems like an obvious tip, and maybe it is, but it can’t be stressed enough. Secure the exterior of your home first and foremost. This means checking for any vulnerable entry points, which include everything from cracks in the walls to broken roof tiles. Termites, like most pests, are attracted to moisture; air-conditioning units and bathroom/kitchen areas are important to check. It’s also important to remember that nearly every termite colony begins just outside your home (in tree stumps, fences, etc.) and move inside.
- Attics: There is always ample wood in an attic, and it’s a space you rarely look around in. This all equals a ripe environment for a developing termite colony that you may never notice. Especially in the spring, it’s a good idea to check this area thoroughly.
- Clothing: Termites eat just about everything, but one thing they seem to be fond of is cellulose commonly found in most clothing. Outdoor clotheslines that are left unattended for long periods of time, and cloth in general outdoors, can be a huge attractor.
- Garages: Perhaps behind the attic, this is the most common origin source for termites. Most are indoor and outdoor, to some degree, and contain older wood. Try to keep your garage as sealed as possible, and store everything in plastic bins.
- Food sources: Termites will come to your home for food and water (usually in that order). Limit exposed, untreated wood, and make sure moisture (pipes, etc.) is rare. Doing this will ensure that you will find yourself in good shape this spring.
Also, there’s no reason not to be confident in your termite protection as the most dangerous months near closer. For that reason, calling Orlando termite control experts at Apex is always advised. Contact us at (866) 675-4070. We offer a free, no-obligation quote and visit, and will always get back to you within 24 hours.