03-18-2015: Spring Temperatures and Wet Weather Bring Out Termite Swarms in NC

State Pest Association raises awareness during Termite Awareness Week

Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolinians are enjoying warmer temperatures now that winter weather has passed.  With the warmer temperatures and wet ground, some residents are likely to see termite swarms in or around their homes.

As part of Termite Awareness Week (March 15-21), the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) is urging homeowners to contact professional pest management companies to treat possible termite infestations and to schedule home inspections.

“With our recent warm temperatures and all of the rain and winter weather the state experienced recently, our members are already receiving calls about termite swarms,” said Kristin Dodd, board member of NCPMA.  “NCPMA recommends annual inspections by trained pest management professionals to help identify potential termite infestations before they cause costly damage.”

According to the United States Forest Service, North Carolina is rated as Moderate to Heavy infestation for Subterranean Termites. According to the National Pest Management Association, termite infestations cause homeowners $5 billion in property damage every year.  A colony of termites feeds 24 hours a day and can chew through any wood or paper product including wood, flooring and wallpaper.

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.  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.