Warm Weather, Wet Winter = Termite Swarms

Warm Weather, Wet Winter = Termite Swarms


March 23, 2011 (Topeka, KS) – Warm spring weather combined with excess moisture from a wet winter creates the perfect formula for termite swarms.  These swarms are often the first indication that a home is infested with termites.  According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage every year.  As spring approaches, the NPMA urges homeowners to take action to protect their homes from termites.

Termites, known as “silent destroyers” because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper with their saw-toothed jaws, can cause serious damage to the structural stability of a home. They feed 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the cellulose found in wood and paper products. One of the most common and aggressive species, the subterranean termite, lives in underground colonies of up to two million members throughout the Midwest and builds distinctive “mud tubes” to food sources. 

Termite infestations often go unnoticed until the destruction is extensive and costly to repair,” says Brent Boles, Schendel president. “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.  An inspection by a professional is a key element of termite protection.  While termite swarms are common this time of year, many homeowners have termites and never see a swarm.  Inspection and prevention are the keys to protecting your home.”

Schendel Pest recommends these tips for controlling termites:

  • Avoid water accumulation near your home’s foundation.  Divert water away with properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks. 

  • Quickly repair house damage from a leaky roof or window as termites can thrive in this moisture.

  • Never bury wood scraps or waste lumber in the yard, especially near the building.  Remove old tree stumps and roots around and beneath the building.

  • Most importantly, eliminate any wood contact with the soil.  Maintaining a 1-inch gap between the soil and wood portions of the building is ideal.

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  

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