3-8-11: State Pest Association Urges Homeowners to Spring Into Action for Termite

Association advises homeowners to seek professional guidance for new treatments and technology to prevent damage

Raleigh, N.C.–With the unseasonably cold and wet weather that North Carolina has experienced over the last few winters, the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) today urged homeowners to take this opportunity to have their homes inspected for termite infestations before termite swarms are spotted.   The Association also urged homeowners to seek professional advice for using new treatments and technology for preventing and treating termite infestations.

“The past few years have been unpredictable for termites in North Carolina,” said Lee Smith, entomologist and board member of the NCPMA. “It is important that homeowners seek professional assistance for termite inspections and treatments because there are new, advanced treatments and technologies that can be used to treat existing infestations and even prevent termites from ever entering a home.”

“NCPMA members are well-trained in identifying termite infestations and recommending the best treatment plan for each individual home using environmentally responsible products registered with the Environmental Protection Agency, and federal and state governments,” Smith said.

According to the United States Forest Service, North Carolina is rated as a Moderate to Heavy infestation zone for Subterranean Termites. According to the National Pest Management Association, termite infestations cause homeowners $5 billion in property damage every year.

Termites swarm during warm spring days and can infest any type of house and its surrounding areas in very little time, often going undetected while doing thousands of dollars in damages to a home.  A colony of termites feeds 24 hours a day and can chew through any wood or paper product including wood, flooring and wallpaper.

“Once you see a termite swarm in your house, it could be too late and could mean thousands of dollars in unexpected repairs,” said Burns Blackwell of Terminix in Greensboro and board member of NCPMA. “Termites can build colonies within a home’s framework that can go undetected for months or years before swarms are seen by homeowners.  An inspection by a professional pest management company can help homeowners identify and prevent infestations.”

The NCPMA urges homeowners to schedule annual termite inspections in spring months when termite swarms can first invade a home.   These inspections help prevent and treat termite infestations before they turn into costly repairs.

The NCPMA offers the following tips to help homeowners prepare their homes for termite season:

  • Renewed Annual Inspections Have your home inspected annually by a qualified pest professional. Visit www.ncpestmanagement.org to find a pest professional in your area.
  • Exterior Wooden Structures Keep exterior wooden structures such as decks or firewood piles away from your home’s foundation as termites can infest the exterior structure first and then move on to your home.
  • Check for Mud Tubes Termites may create mud tubes as a way to enter the home.  Have your foundation inspected regularly for signs of mud tubes.
  • Reduce Moisture Termites love moisture.  Keep water and moisture away from your house and make sure all drain spouts are properly diverting water from your home.

About the NCPMA

Founded in 1952, the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA), is the trade association representing the professional pest management industry in North Carolina. NCPMA promotes the continued cooperation and success of all pest management businesses in North Carolina.  Formerly, the North Carolina Pest Control Association, NCPMA is the only statewide association dedicated to representing and educating North Carolina’s pest management professionals.

To learn more about NCPMA, please visit its Web site at:  www.ncpestmanagement.org.

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