Published April 19, 2012
Spring is time for blooming gardens, warmer temperatures and unfortunately, the return of indoor and outdoor pests.
Some insects present only a minor concern and then there are those that can cause serious problems and nearly always require a professional exterminator’s attention.
“There are pests that are on the property, and then there are another set of pests that invade the house,” said board-certified entomologist Lynn Frank of Suburban Exterminating in Long Island, New York. “And then there is the wood-destroying insect that everyone worries about.”
Found in every state but Alaska, termites cost homeowners an estimated $5 billion annually for repair and control measures, Frank says.
“Most people wait until they see a termite swarm before they call,” said Frank. “And by then it’s an expensive proposition.”
While there’s no guarantee against pests — especially something like wood-destroying insects —there are some preventative measures that homeowners can take:
But if you do happen to have some unwelcome pest visitors — and you may at this time of the year — it’s best to call in the pros sooner rather than later.