As the seasons change, it is important to understand how the weather will impact your home. Seasonal changes affect the behaviors of plants and animals in the ecosystem. Changes in moisture and humidity are weather conditions to look out for.
Keep in mind that your home can be susceptible to pest infestation and damage at any time of the year. Certain months are hotter and more humid than the rest of the year, which will affect the behaviors of different species of pests differently. Several signs of pests may become more apparent in the spring, summer, and fall in certain areas of the United States like California.
Termites feed on wood and cellulose-based materials, a behavior so problematic to homeowners that it causes billions of damage per year across the country. The presence of termites is a real threat to the structural integrity of your home.
It is important not to mistake termites, which are far more than a nuisance, for other insects that are common in the spring and summer, like mosquitos and fruit flies. Hot and humid weather causes drywood termites to swarm.
You’ve probably heard of the phrase “like a moth to a flame”, given that insects tend to be drawn to light. Termites tend to gather on windows because they are attracted to light. Your windows may appear to accumulate what appears to be dirt. This is more than likely an accumulation of dead termites or termite droppings, which are an immediate cause for concern that there is possibly an entire colony hiding out of plain sight. Small holes or bubbles in walls are signs that termites are causing serious damage and must be exterminated immediately.
Even as swarming subsides as the colony may have decreased in size throughout the season, the colony will ramp up breeding in order to replenish its numbers. As soon as the eggs hatch, the colony will be back in full force.
The best way to address swarming is to hire professional pest control services for regular inspections and exterminations at the earliest sign. There are dozens of species of termites across the United States, each with unique behaviors, characteristics, and preferences for weather conditions.
We treat homes with the method that will be the most effective given the severity of your home’s particular infestation. Either a natural or traditional chemical solution will be used to exterminate, depending on the nature of the infestation. Natural Science Exterminating prioritizes natural and localized treatments whenever possible. Orange oil is a plant-based, organic method that dissolves the exoskeletons of termites, killing them upon contact. As a last resort, tent fumigation ensures that hard-to-reach areas are treated with termiticide.
Exterminating will kill the existing colony and its eggs. However, a new colony may enter the home, especially upon the next swarming season, unless the wood has been preventatively treated. We use the industry gold standard, Bora-Care, a borate salt solution that penetrates wood and prevents it from becoming a food source.
If you have any questions about termite treatment in California during swarming season, do not hesitate to call us to speak to our pest control professionals. We safely and effectively treat all types of termites so that you can live in your home with peace of mind.
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