It’s an unfortunate truth, but spring and summer mean termite proliferation! With summer in full swing, termites are thriving and their numbers are rising here in Southern California. That means it’s as imperative as ever that you have your home inspected for termites. If there’s a termite infestation that’s sprung up in your home, it’s best to go on the offensive as soon as possible. Otherwise, the termites in your home will begin to devour your structure, and that damage can be costly. Let’s take a look at the conditions in which termites thrive, so that we can better understand how to avoid termite problems.
Termites love warmer temperatures. As temperatures rise in the spring and summer, termites produce more offspring and that offspring develops more quickly. In addition, termites become more active. If the thermometer hits over 60 degrees Fahrenheit, termites can begin to swarm. They’ll fly in numbers to gather food and water. If you have termites in your home, a swarm may be the first sign of their existence. You may also notice mud tubes that have cropped up in the corners and crevices around your home (Mud tubes look just as they sound, like tubes of mud. They’re about a pencil thickness in diameter, and they often run vertically along a structure.). Keep an eye out for dropped wings as well. Termites shed their wings after they’ve swarmed, and they’ll return to the tunnels of their structure.
In short, you’ll want to moderate the temperature of your home to keep termites at bay. If you’ve noticed any of the signs of termites, the time to act is now. Termites are very prolific as summer heat kicks into gear.
Humidity & Moisture
Like all life on Earth, termites need water to survive. However, termites don’t need much water to get by, and they’re terribly crafty pests. Termites can gather water inside their mud tubes due to the humidity in the atmosphere. In addition, termites can seek out other sources of moisture. Termites may support themselves if they find a leaky pipe, or if there’s groundwater that has accumulated near your home. They may also pull moisture off of your air conditioning unit. Avoid leaving water around the home, and keep tabs on the plumbing infrastructure throughout your abode. You can further mitigate the possibility of getting a termite infestation by purchasing a dehumidifier.
If your home does happen to fall victim to a termite infestation, you’ll have to get in touch with a professional extermination outfit. Hi-Tech Termite control provides termite protection throughout Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Call on us today at the first sight of termites! We provide a variety of termite extermination services, including our high-tech microwave treatments. This treatment is non-invasive, and it targets termites at their source. Best of all, you won’t have to vacate your home in the interim as we tackle your termites! Feel free to take a look at further information surrounding our microwave termite treatments while you’re here on our site!