What 2018’s Termite Season Means for Hendersonville Residents

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Every year, subterranean termites are a problem in Hendersonville, and 2018 has been no different. Each year, termites grow their populations and look for cellulose to feed on. Since man-made structures are made of wood, and wood has cellulose, these insects are a serious threat to our property. Hendersonville also provides the perfect climate for these destructive insects to thrive. That means bad news for Hendersonville residents who do not have ongoing, always active subterranean termite protection.

During the spring, from March to May, termite swarmers took to the air, like they always do. These are winged reproductives that are produced by a mature colony for the purpose of creating new colonies. Food sources and moisture played a role in where these swarmers decided to settle down. Those male and female alates were looking for a location ideal for their offspring and controlling attractants could have helped you prevent a new termite infestation from taking root but controlling food sources and moisture can also help to resist termite worker activity on your property. Here are some things to think about:

Food Sources

Whether you have an established termite colony in your yard or worker termites are tunneling into your yard from an adjacent property, your goal should be to make it hard for those worker termites to find food.

  • If you have firewood, consider moving it 20 feet away from your exterior walls and elevate it so that termites do not enter it from the ground. Do the same for construction materials like 2x4s, plywood, etc.
  • If you have wood surrounding flower or plants beds, consider replacing it with stones or ornamental brick.
  • Keep sticks and leaves raked up.
  • Remove any wooden item that sits on the ground and address areas of your home that touches the soil.

Moisture Control

There are many ways to reduce moisture around your home. Here are just a few of them:

  • Shaded areas prevent the sun from drying rainwater. Trim limbs on trees and branches or bushes to allow the sunlight in.
  • Broken or obstructed gutters or downspouts can cause water to collect next to your home. Inspect your gutter system and make sure water is being channeled away from your home.
  • Compacted dirt can allow pools of still water to form. Loosen the soil to let the rain soak in.
  • Rainwater pools can collect on leaf litter. Keep leaves raked up to prevent this.
  • An application of gravel can make wet locations less interesting to termites.

Termite Control In Hendersonville

Subterranean termites are moisture pests. When they come into your yard, they will stay under the ground or inside the items they are feeding on. They are very sneaky. And, since they are sneaky, you need to know the warning signs they leave behind, and you will need a solution that makes sure the infestation is completely eradicated. The experts here at All-American Pest Control trust the Sentricon® System with Always Active™. Reach out to us today to find out how easy it is to have Sentricon® with Always Active™ installed around your property and make 2018 the year you got termite protection for your Hendersonville home.

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