Spring is here and with warm temperatures on the rise,
exterminators say it's time to seek help. If you have seen little holes inside
structures of your home, it could mean you have termites.
"Termites consume wood. They eat it, they live upon it and
your house is your most valuable, for mostly everybody, it's their most
valuable possession and biggest investment and this is no time when we find
termites in and around the home to be playing or trying to do it yourself,"
said Cary Sims, the county extension agent for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
It's also mating season for termites, and when we see
termite swarms that could mean that damage is nearby, Sims said.
"They pair up and they only swarm for about an hour, but
when they do there's thousands of them and that's what causes alarm for
homeowners. It doesn't necessarily mean that you have them because of mother
nature they are going to swarm every year," said Charlene Warren, the owner of
A.R.A. Exterminating in Lufkin.
There are many termites to worry about, but the one we
typically see is the winged one that sometimes can look like a carpenter ant,
"In this area, your subterranean termite is the one most
here in our area. We do also have Formosan termites here and they work rapidly.
I mean, they are the ones if someone says they have them you need to get on it
and have it treated," said Warren.
Termites are seen mostly in the bathrooms, and plumbing areas
where there might be a 1/64th inch crack for them to travel through.
Another indication that termites might be infesting your home is if you see
them flying around your window, Sims said.
"If you see bugs flying around the windows, then you can
identify them as termites. They will be flying toward the light. If you see
holes that have shown up in your sheet rock that weren't there before, that's a
big signal as well," said Sims.
Warren says a lot of people in Lufkin like to treat termite
infestation on their own, but she says it is a laboring process.
"You have to inject so many gallons of chemicals into that
trench so the homeowner is not going to have probably the large amount tank to
mix the chemicals. However, you can use a five-gallon bucket to do it, but it's
going to be a very laboring, intense process for us. So, it's going to be twice
as long for the homeowner," said Warren.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:48 GMT
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