Why Now Is The Time To Be Thinking About Termite Protection For Your Maryland Property

March 31, 2020

There are no two ways about it; when it comes to the seasons, two of the most enjoyable in Maryland are spring and summer. Unfortunately for Marylanders, while this time is filled with sunshine and warm weather, it is also termite season—the period when termites are liable to start causing some serious damage to your property.

termite swarmers crawling through out wood

When Is Termite Season?

Termite season is the time when termites swarm (set out to create new colonies). This varies from species to species. In Maryland, there are three common species of termites. These are eastern subterranean termites, dark southeastern termites, and light southeastern termites.
 
While eastern subterranean termites swarm in March and May, dark and light southeastern termites swarm from March to June and August to October, respectively. This means, your home is at risk, pretty much nonstop, from the start of spring throughout the entire summer.

What Are Termite Swarmers?

Termites are divided into three different classes: soldiers, workers, and swarmers. While they each have their duties within the colony, the swarmers are the termites that leave the colony to fly out and establish new colonies.

It is because of this that swarmers are usually the first sign of a termite problem in or around your home. Moreover, being able to identify swarmers is key to helping prevent them from causing any lasting damage to your home or property. The most obvious difference between swarmers and other termites is that swarmers have wings. They have four equal-sized wings, broad waists, and straight antennae. So, what should you do if you’ve spotted swarmers?

How To Prevent Termites?

If you’ve spotted termite swarmers outside of your home, fret not, because it may not be too late to prevent them from establishing a colony and causing lasting damage to your home. There are prevention techniques you can utilize to help keep your home safe from termite damage. These prevention techniques include:

  • Keep all wood piles secure, raised off the ground, and away from the house.

  • Replace or repair damaged wood around the house.

  • Keep any wood from direct contact with the ground.

  • Treat any wood that must come in contact with the ground, such as siding, etc.

  • Remove any fallen trees, stumps, or dead shrubs from your property.

  • Seal any cracks in the foundation.

  • Repair any leaks in plumbing, gutters, and downspouts.

  • Keep any outside plants from coming in contact with the exterior of the house.

If you follow these tips, you should greatly reduce your chances of a termite infestation.

How To Identify And Eliminate A Termite Infestation

While taking preventive measures can drastically cut down on your chances of having a termite infestation, the sad truth is infestations in your home are still possible. That’s why it’s a good idea to know the signs of a termite infestation and what steps you should take should you spot them.
 
First of all, if you see swarmers or their shed wings around your doors and window frames, it is a telltale sign that termites may have infested your home. In addition to this, the presence of mud tubes around the exterior of your home indicates that termites have invaded. And if wood in your home looks as if it is bubbled and soft, this could be termite damage.
 
Should you experience any or all of these signs, the next step you should take is contacting the professionals here at Royal Greens Professional Lawn Care. Time is of the essence as any delay means more damage done to your property. Don’t hesitate; contact us at the first sign of a termite infestation.
 
We also provide termite prevention services. Reach out to Royal Greens today for details.

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