Pennsylvania Pest Management Association Observes Annual Termite Awareness Week March 25-29
HARRISBURG, Pa., March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — March 25 marks the start of the Pennsylvania Pest Management Association’s (PaPMA) annual Termite Awareness Week to promote education and public vigilance against termites.
Often called “silent destroyers,” termites can live in your home undetected without causing any immediate signs of damage. Termites feed on cellulose, a plant-based material found in wood and many other materials used in home-building. Subterranean termites form colonies underground, while drywood termites live inside wooden structures and have the ability to infest walls and furniture.
Springtime serves as the breeding season for most species of termites. Mature termites have wings, and can often be spotted swarming under light sources or around windows and doors. After breeding season, termites create a new colony which allows them to quickly infest multiple areas of your residence or backyard.
Termites multiply quickly and feed rapidly, causing an estimated $5 billion in property damages each year. Prevention is especially important this time of year, as most homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover termite damage.
Homeowners can take several precautions to prevent termite infestations:
-- Eliminate moisture problems such as leaky pipes. -- Inspect decks and other wooden structures for signs of damage. -- Store lumber and other food sources at least 20 feet away from your home and 5 feet off the ground.
Look for signs of a termite infestation, such as hollow or crumbling wood, cracked or bubbling paint and swarms of insects coming from the soil around your home. For more information on how to identify and prevent termite damage, visit the PaPMA web site at www.papmaonline.org or call them at 717-635-2316.
SOURCE Pennsylvania Pest Management Association