With a mix of mild temperatures and unusually large amounts of rainfall, this atypical Atlanta winter weather pattern has brought something else to the Georgia surface – Termites!
“I handled a few termite swarm situations in residential homes in February,” said Chris Ashley, Truly Nolen franchisee, Canton. “Subterranean termites generally swarm in the spring when the weather warms up. With the amount of rain and warmer winter temperatures, we expect more termite activity this spring season.”
When people fail to identify a termite problem as serious, the result can be quite costly to a homeowner.
“Termites cause an estimated $5 billion dollars in damages in the U.S. every year,” said Ashley. “Since early discovery of termites can help provide a head start for home protection, we wanted to make sure local residents are diligent in this process now that swarm season has kicked off earlier than expected.”
In addition, fighting termites successfully takes a unique understanding of termite behavior, biology, and home construction especially since there is no simple solution for termites.
“Do-It-Yourself termite treatment methods may seem like a cost-effective option; however, damage caused to homes from ineffective treatment can cost homeowners thousands of dollars and is not covered under most homeowner’s insurance policies,” said Ashley. “Most professional termite control companies provide additional protection through a warranty protecting your home from future damage and covering the cost of treatment should termites return.”
As a homeowner, there are measures you can take to minimize the conditions that are conducive to termites and help reduce the likelihood of an infestation. From eliminating wood-to-soil contact wherever possible to diverting water from the foundation of the home, prevention is key.
“Whether you end up trying to handle the problem yourself or calling a professional to conduct a termite inspection, the atypical winter weather ensures a surge in termites sooner than later,” said Ashley.
For more information about termites, call our North Atlanta service office at (678) 561-2847.