Hulett Environmental Services encourages public awareness of termite threats during the spring season
As temperatures continue to increase and the ground becomes warmer, termites will emerge to launch an attack on vulnerable homes across the country. To promote public vigilance against termites, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recognizes March 15-21 as Termite Awareness Week. Hulett Environmental Services is proud to take part in this annual observance by educating homeowners about the threat of termites and the possible signs of an infestation this spring.
Termites are known as “silent destroyers” because their constant gnawing can go unnoticed until significant structural damage to the home occurs. Termites can feed 24-hours a day, seven days a week on the cellulose found in wood and paper products.
Hulett Environmental Services offers the following signs that termites may be present in a home:
Mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source) on the exterior of the home.
Soft wood in the home that sounds hollow when tapped.
Darkening or blistering of wood structures.
Cracked or bubbling paint.
Small piles of feces that resemble sawdust near a termite nest.
Discarded wings near doors or on windowsills, indicating swarmers have entered the home or swarmers themselves, which are often mistaken for flying ants.
If homeowners notice any of these signs, they should contact a pest professional who can best determine the extent of the problem and recommend a proper treatment plan.
Annual Termite Inspections a Must in South Florida!
Pest proofing and home improvement projects are often designated to the spring season. Now is the perfect time of year to remind homeowners to take the necessary steps to protect their greatest investment from costly damage. Because termites aren’t often detected until it’s too late, we advise consumers to arrange for annual termite inspections from a qualified pest professional.
Termites feed 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the cellulose found in wood and paper products. They can silently chew through structures undetected and cause more than $5 billion in property damage every year, an expense that isn’t typically covered under homeowners’ insurance policies.
Hulett offers the following prevention tips for homeowners to help guard against termites:
Carefully inspect the perimeter of the home for mud tubes and rotting wood.
Repair fascia, soffits and rotted roof shingles.
Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
Maintain a one-inch gap between soil and wood portions of the home.
Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and check it for pests before bringing it indoors.
Divert water away from the home through properly functioning downspouts and gutters.