Adams Exterminating Company Says Termites Do us a Favor When They Swarm

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Termite problems in North Texas begin in the spring, but here are several indications to look for to find out if your house is vulnerable.

With termite swarming season about to start, what do Dallas area residents need to know about the risk termites pose to their homes? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, North Texas is in a moderate to severe zone of termite infestation. Last summer's heavy rains and this year's spring storms could increase termite populations. And with the housing market in decline, more and more homeowners are looking to fortify their property instead of investing in a new home.

Jason Johnson, a Board Certified Entomologist from Adams Exterminating Company, states, "The number one way that homeowners discover that they are infested with termites is when termites 'swarm' in their home. A wall may look discolored or stained, and eventually, the termites will burrow through the wall and fly around the home. This is usually in the spring when opportune climate conditions allow termites the best chance to establish new colonies."

Professor and Extension Entomologist for Texas AgriLife Extension Michael Merchant, Ph.D., BCE, says, "Although a nuisance, these swarming flights serve as a notice that your home has a termite infestation. In my opinion, termites do us a favor when they swarm because otherwise, their feeding activities could go on for years without our knowledge. If you have what you suspect are termite swarmers in your home, you should save a few of the insects and call a termite control specialist."

Johnson says that his company performs a majority of treatments in the spring. Termite treatments and costs vary depending on the level of infestation, but the two main treatment methods usually involve baits, chemicals or a combination of the two. Both baits and chemicals have their pros and cons, ranging from environmental and safety issues to effectiveness and cost. "At Adams," Johnson says, "we prefer a strategically placed, low-chemical solution called the Sentricon System. This system utilizes the first termite treatment active ingredient accepted by the Environmental Protection Agency under the strict requirements of the Reduced Risk Pesticide Initiative. It's what we recommend for effective, low-chemical termite treatment." For more information about Adams Exterminating, visit their website at http://www.AdamsPest.com, or contact their offices in Denton and Lewisville.

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