March 17, 2017
It Is Termite Swarming Season; Is Your Home Protected?
There are very few things in life that are certain, but one thing is for certain when living in Texas. Every year when the “spring season" returns so do swarms of termites. When it comes to protecting your home and property from dangerous and damaging termites, it is important to be proactive. That is why the professionals at Innovative Pest Control want to help you understand that now is the perfect time to learn more about termite swarms and what you can do to protect your East Texas home from being invaded by these wood consuming pests!
Despite all their bad press, termites are actually a very beneficial species. Termites feed on materials that contain cellulose. Outside, they have the very important job of breaking down and getting rid of dead and decaying organic materials, leaving room for new plant growth. It is only when these pests decide to use your home’s structural wood as their primary food source that they become problematic for people and property.
In Texas, termite swarms can be seen any time of the year, but most are generally seen between the months of February and May. A termite swarm is when the winged, reproductive members of a mature termite colony leave the nest in order to find a mate and start a new colony of their own. Termites usually swarm from their colony on a warm spring morning following a rainstorm - the moisture, warmth, and daylight provide the signals that the swarming termites need to leave their colony.
When talking about a termite swarm, it is important to understand that it isn't the mere presence of swarming termites that is dangerous. What is dangerous is the fact that if you are seeing winged termites there is a very good chance that either inside or outside of your home there is a termite colony present. It is also important to understand that termite colonies can become very large. In fact, a mature termite colony can have between 20 thousand and 5 million workers in it; that is a lot of mouths to feed using your home's structural wood!
Termite Control Treatments
The good news when it comes to termites is that Innovative Pest Control can provide you with the effective services needed to prevent or eliminate any size termite infestation. At Innovative Pest Control, we recommend the use of the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ for both controlling and eliminating Texas termites. Benefits of Sentricon® with Always Active™ include the following:
- It is eco-friendly.
- Termites prefer the bait used over the wood they are invading.
- The installation of the system is non-invasive and requires no digging or trenching.
- The system works to exterminate every single member of the colony, including the queen.
- Our trusted termite control services provide a thorough termite inspection performed by one of our trained professionals, the installation of Sentricon® with Always Active™ on your property, a scheduled follow-up to make sure the system is working properly, and annual interior and exterior termite inspections.
To learn more about termite swarms, how Innovative Pest Control can protect your East Texas home from termites, or about our other termite control services, get in touch with us today!