We’ve certainly seen our share of rain here lately. Unfortunately, that can also mean that we begin seeing swarms of termites in search of a new place to live.

While rain does seem to prompt fresh termite activity, warming patterns are another culprit. So either way, we probably would have begun to experience more termite problems in the spring anyway. This happens as termites leave the nest, search for a mate, and then swarm off together to locate the ideal spot to begin a new colony. We hope that new spot isn’t in or around your home, but it happens to an unlucky few of us.

In fact, since termites don’t normally travel more than about 100 meters from their original colony, you might already suspect that you could be at risk. If you’ve spotted termites in your yard, or if a neighbor has experienced a termite infestation, you should be on guard for signs of new termite activity at this time of year. Look for “mud tunnels” around the foundation or windows of your home, and “sawdust” in corners and eaves. Plus, since termites drop their wings after identifying their new nesting sites, you might find discarded wings at entry points to your home.

You can also take steps to discourage termite activity around your home. Check your yard for damp or decaying wood (such as from old tree stumps, dying trees, damaged outbuildings, or simply excess yard debris). Remove these potential “homes” for dampwood termites.

Keep in mind that another type of pest, called drywood termites, prefer dry wood or materials like boxes and paper. These items can pose a danger if you store them in areas like the garage or attic, where you might not notice termite activity until it’s too late.

Also check the entry points to your home and ensure that they are appropriately sealed.

Sometimes, termites do find a way in anyway. If you suspect a termite infestation in your home, give us a call right away. The sooner your problem is treated, the better the outcome with regard to structural damage. After the initial pest treatment, we can discuss a termite bond to offer reassurance against future termite infestations.