Why Termite Prevention is a Year-Round Process
August 29, 2018
It’s safe to say that termites are probably one of the most feared pests in Texas, at least from a homeowner’s perspective. Termites are responsible for billions of dollars in property damages each year in the U.S. alone! Their saw-like teeth hollow out the wooden structures in and around our homes and compromise their structural integrity, sometimes to the point that the properties they invade become uninhabitable. One of the worst things about termites is the fact that they often invade homes and other man-made structures without being noticed. In the early stages of an infestation, the outside of your home will appear completely normal even though there are termites busily eating away at your home from the inside out. Termites leave plenty of signs behind when they infest your home, however, when you come across these signs, it is often too late and massive amounts of damage have already been done.
One of the earliest signs of a termite infestation that may be key in preventing extensive damage is termite swarms. Termite swarms occur when the winged reproductive termites emerge from their colonies in order to find a mate and find a location to begin new colonies, such as your home! The major signs that you may see when a swarm occurs include: swarmers gathering on window sills and doorways, swarmers crawling on your walls, their discarded wings in piles throughout the interior or around the exterior of your home. To learn more details about termite swarms, check out this recent article! For residents of Texas, keep your eye out for swarmers, especially on a warm, sunny day after a rainstorm as this is when they prefer to swarm. By spotting a late termite swarm this summer, you could save yourself a lot of time, money, and stress!
Once again, the problem with termites is they often remain undetected when invading homes. Just because you don’t see signs of a swarm doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened or that your home hasn’t already been infested! For this reason, year-round termite control is extremely important. Here at Innovative Pest Control, we provide protection against termites that lasts throughout the year! We choose to use the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ to protect Texas homes for a variety of reasons. It’s eco-friendly, efficient, and proven to be extremely effective for our customers. Sentricon® with Always Active™ involves the use of bait stations that are strategically placed by our highly-trained technicians around the structure of your home. This process creates a barrier of protection against termites who will then consume the bait and spread to the entire colony, including the queen. With this process, all termites will be exterminated and any new termites looking to start a new colony will be prevented. Included with our year-round plans is our termite damage warranty — if there are any termites detected where we previously treated, we will come back and retreat for free! Why wait until the damage has been done? Call Innovative Pest Control today to start protecting your home today!