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Eddie’s Corner: Termites?

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

TermitesDid you know that spring is a very important time of year for homeowners and pest control professionals where termites are concerned? If winged reproductive termites are seen, that’s an indication there’s a colony close by. Swarming is a springtime phenomenon triggered by warm weather and moisture, often after an early morning shower. These normally wingless insects expand their territory when the male and female reproductive termites leave an established colony and take wobbly flight for a few hundred feet, drop to the ground and search for a new home. They’re looking for moist wood. They won’t attack a living tree unless it has rotting or dead parts. And unless they encounter some natural or chemical barrier, these insects will move in on all that lumber which is dead wood. However, just because you see large blackish insects inside your home, with or without wings, does not mean that you have termites. It is a good idea to identify them so you can choose the proper control measures. Continue reading