- Eliminate or decrease dampness in and around the home. Termites are attracted to dampness and as you know, dampness is a given in the spring in New Orleans.
- Repair leaking faucets, water pipes and exterior AC units.
- Repair fascia, soffits and rotted roof shingles.
- Replace weather stripping and loose mortar around the home’s foundation and windows.
- Divert water away from the house through properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
- Routinely inspect the foundation of a home for signs of mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source), cracked or bubbling paint and wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
- Monitor all exterior areas of wood, including windows, doorframes and skirting boards for any noticeable changes.
- Maintain a visible gap between the soil and any wood portions of your home.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
- Schedule an inspection with DA Exterminating!
The most important thing a homeowner can do to avoid termites is be observant and look for the signs we posted in our March 2 blog post. In any case, we’ve assembled these tips to help you prevent termite invasion of your home!
In the spring DA Exterminating starts getting calls from home owners who are stressed over termites. Because of the damp conditions in the New Orleans area, termites are plentiful and far reaching.
You may notice any of these "signs" that termites have entered your space, so call us immediately if you see any of these!
Substantial quantities of winged termites, known as "swarmers," can rise in the Spring inside homes. These are sometimes mistaken for flying ants. Click here to see a total video that clarifies how they are unique. In nature, termites swarm to scatter and begin new colonies. Activated by hotter temperatures and precipitation, the winged termites rise up out of the colony and fly. Discovering winged termites inside could indicate an infestation nearby.
The good news: swarmers inside do not eat wood and are best removed with a vacuum. The bad news: they do show that an infestation is nearby. There will regularly be no obvious sign that the house is infested. Termites are obscure animals and infestations can go undetected for quite a long time, holed up behind dividers, floor covers, protection, and different obstacles.
Confirmation of a termite invasion requires the sharp eye of an accomplished termite inspector...like the ones at DA! Knowledge of building construction is needed to identify the critical areas where termites are likely to enter.
Termites develop and use mud tunnels to enter your home. These passages can be as large as a pencil...or bigger!
So if you suspect termites, give us a call at 800-650-PEST!