Termites are swarming Texas homes as the rainy weather creates ideal conditions for them.
Heavy rain has sparked termite activity across Houston and southeast Texas, with pest control companies warning that termites would be trying to disperse and create colonies within people’s homes.
According to the National Pest Management Association, termite swarms cause more than $5 billion in property damage in the United States each year.
They can get into homes through tiny cracks, forming millions-strong colonies and causing significant harm by chewing through wood, wall supports, roof materials, and other main structures from the inside out.
Native subterranean termites, Formosan subterranean termites, and drywood termites are the three major forms of termites that cause problems for homeowners in Texas.
Termites typically become more active earlier in the year, but the freezing weather that gripped Texas in February may have caused termite development to be delayed.
Termites, on the other hand, are drawn to rain, and the recent deluge has reawakened them. They’ll now try to mate and create new colonies.
“Right now, what we’re seeing are late swarms of subterranean termites that are heading out,” Raleigh Jenkins, president of local pest control company ABC Home and Commercial Services, told KHOU.
“What they want to do is disperse into the world, split, get into the ground, and the males and females want to start their own colonies.”
Termites will invade homes through a gap as small as one thirty-second of an inch, according to Terminix, another insect control company.
Subterranean termites also gain access to a home through gaps in the foundation, as well as decking, porches, and other wooden structures in direct contact with the earth.
According to Texas A&M AgriLife, which has published a paper with recommendations for homeowners searching for a termite protection service, “wooden structures in Texas have more than a 70% risk of being targeted by termites within 10 to 20 years of construction if they are not adequately covered by a chemical or physical barrier.”
A termite infestation can be identified by a number of telltale signs.
Wooden flooring may have discolored blister marks, and wooden furniture may sound hollow or have a honeycomb structure when tapped.
Termites often shed their wings after swarming, and their droppings have a likeness to sawdust. This is a brief summary.