In the wide wide world of pests, Termites are one of the most notorious, and for very good reason. As we’ve stated in many previous blogs, LITERALLY, termite damage costs U.S. homeowners roughly $5 billion dollars of damages a year. That is more damage to homes than tornadoes, fires and earthquakes combined. The question on everyone’s mind after this past ridiculously rainy winter, fall and even summer seasons is this – how will all of this dampness affect the incidents of termite damage in the coming months? Does extra wet weather cause an increase in termite infestation. The answer is, unfortunately, yes.
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The fact is that many factors, such as weather, can cause termite infestations to be more rampant than usual. Termites invade homes during dry seasons, but they seem to thrive even more under soggier conditions. If you’re experiencing a rainy season, it’s important to know the signs of termites so you can spot an infestation sooner rather than later. Does Extra Wet Weather Cause Increase In Termite Infestation
- Termite swarmers are winged termites whose main purpose is to reproduce and create new colonies. Dampened soil signals the beginning of the termite reproduction process and makes it easier for termites to dig tunnels in the soil into structures.
- Termites thrive in environments with moisture, heat and shelter. So after a rainfall, it’s no surprise termites find solace deep in building structures. This is also why termites are so detrimental to building structures. Because damage is deep within the structure, it’s not always visible to the homeowner. This means termite infestations often go unnoticed for long periods of time and prolong the intervention of termite exterminator services.
- Rainy seasons are crucial for termites because it makes the wood softer and easier to chew through. Dampwood termites typically infest damp, decaying wood. Dampwood termites typically don’t nest in the soil, so you are likely to find dampwood termite tunnels following the grain in the wood.
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What Can You Do to Prevent Termites During the Rainy Season?
Rainfall and the aftermath of it are often what attract termites. If you’ve experienced flooding, leaky pipes or have standing water on your property, this can attract termites and other pests into your home. Some ways you can prevent water damage and pest-harboring sites after a major rainfall are:
- Seal leaks and cracks in roofs, siding, doors, windows and home foundations
- Investigate areas of flooding and clean it up immediately
- Monitor leaking faucets, dripping or sweating pipes
- Test your sump pump once a year
- Clean your gutters regularly
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