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Spring is here - is your Indianapolis home protected against termites?  

April 3, 2019


a large swarm of termites damaging wooden structure on indianapolis property

Termites are dreaded pests in Indianapolis, and in most of the United States, for that matter. They won’t buzz around your head as you try to swat them away, and they don’t get into your food pantry and contaminate packages.

These pests work at a level where we can hardly recognize their presence. Because homeowners can go about their day without realizing they have these destructive pests in their homes, termites can cause thousands of dollars' worth of damage to homes before their presence is discovered.

Recognizing the Signs Termites Leave Behind

Unfortunately, termites have the ability to remain active year-round under the right conditions. Spring has arrived, and this means we’ll see an increase in termite activity. Warmer weather encourages termites to be more active. We are also more likely to see swarmers out and about during this season.

Swarmers are winged members of the termite colony that have the role of reproducing and starting new colonies. If you don’t have an infestation yet, you could still be at risk. Noticing small bugs with wings, or discarded wings in and around your home, are signs that you may be dealing with termites. It’s helpful to familiarize yourself with the signs of termite infestation.

Swarmers aren’t the members of the colony that are eating your home, though. Those members are known as worker termites. They eat cellulose found in wood and are responsible for feeding the entire colony. They pluck away at wooden structures 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Protecting Your Indianapolis Home

Termite protection is important for Indianapolis homes. Since their damage can be so severe, we want to do everything we can to prevent termites. So, what can you do to protect your home?

Try the following tips:

  • Termites love damp and damaged wood. Make sure to repair any leaks found in and around your home, replacing the damaged wood when possible. It may be termites first choice for a meal, but once it runs out they’ll move on to any wood that is available.

  • It’s also helpful to clean up debris around the yard. Rotting stumps and logs are highly attractive to termites.

  • Damp soil close to your home can create a problem. You may notice mud tubes around the foundation of your home. These are created as termites are traveling in and out.

  • Try to limit soil-to-wood contact as best you can.

Action Pest Control uses termite treatments that have been proven to work. We are equipped to offer the Sentricon system and Termidor system, ensuring that, no matter what your termite infestation looks like, we offer something that will work for you. Read about how each system works on our termite control page. Make sure termites aren’t causing costly damage to your home. Pick up the telephone and chat with us!




 

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