03/22/10

Homeowners Take Action To Prevent Termite Damage

Schendel Pest Services Warns Homeowners To Take Action To Prevent Termite Damage

3/22/2010

March 22, 2010 (Topeka, KS) — After a long winter, warmer weather is being eagerly anticipated. However, there is an important reason to be cautious this spring—termites.  Schendel Pest Services warns that as the temperature begins to increase so does the potential for termite swarms and infestations.  Because of the increased moisture experienced during the winter, we are at a greater risk for termite activity this spring.   In fact, some areas have already experienced termite swarms.

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, research by the National Pest Management Association has found that termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage every year.

 “Termite infestations often go unnoticed until the destruction is extensive and costly to repair,” says Brent Boles, president of Schendel. “Unfortunately, damage from wood-boring insects is typically not covered by homeowners’ insurance policies, so it is crucial to take preventative measures to protect your home. It’s also suggested to contact a professional to inspect for termites once a year.”

Schendel 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.

About Schendel Pest:  Schendel Pest Services has provided complete pest management services to commercial, industrial, and residential clients since 1947.  Schendel’s corporate office is located in Topeka, Kansas and Schendel provides services to customers in five states – Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.  Additionally, Schendel Pest Services is a partner with Copesan Services, which enables the company to sell and service commercial accounts on a national basis.

Contact:  Julie Johnson, Schendel Pest Services, 1-785-233-3332, Ext. 114 ; Julie@pestzero.com

www.schendelpest.com