Termite season is upon us once again in St. George. In the last two weeks I have been on several termite inspections. All but one has come up positive for termites. During the Spring and into summer, termites become more active in southern Utah. Due to an unusually warm winter, Southwest Exterminators has geared up for a busy termite season. We believe that swarming will start earlier, last longer, and be more intense than normal. Whether you have seen these swarming termites or not, there is no need to panic; there are steps you can take to protect your invest from the damages of termites.
The first step, get educated. By reading this blog you have taken a step in the right direction. There are a few types of termites that can affect your home and property, each has to be handled a different way.
The most common, termite in southern Utah and the St. George area is the subterranean termite. These termites gain access to your home from the soil beneath. They begin to eat away at the wood. They will actually build mud tunnels to travel over areas not made of wood to access feeding sites. There are things you can do to help prevent a termite problem caused by this species of termite. Clear all debris from around your home. Keep all exposed wooden parts of the home structure away from the soil. If you already have a problem with subterranean termites in your home, these termites can be easy to treat and DOES NOT requires fumigation.
A second species of termite that can affect homes in the St. George area is the damp wood termite. Damp wood termites need moisture to sustain their colonies. They seek out moisture damage and damp wood in a structure to sustain their colony. Keeping up with moisture issues and water damage to homes and structures can often be the best prevention against termite damage from this type of termite in a home or structure. If you already have a problem with dampwood termites, often a localized treatment can be performed and the moisture problems can be corrected and the termites can be removed without the need of fumigation.
The last species of termite present in southern Utah is the Dry Wood termite. These termites are those that are most often seen swarming. They enter a dwelling at random while swarming during certain months of the year. The best single action you can take to protect your home from Drywood termites is to paint and seal all exposed wood on a home, and keep all cracks and crevices sealed to prevent these termites from swarming and entering the home. If you already have a Drywood termite problem, there is often rarely anything that can be done other than fumigation. However, in some cases if the termites are present only in an addition or deck and the remainder of the home is block, it can be possible to spray and treat the infestation.
At Southwest Exterminators, we believe in utilizing the most minimally invasive termite control technology to successfully solve your termite problem. Our technicians will explain all treatment options, even if we do not offer that type of service.
If you have any questions about termite services or pest control in general, please call our office at 435-628-2700. Thank you and have a great day.