Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage every year, an expense that isn’t typically covered under homeowners’ insurance policies.
Lorton, VA (PRWEB) March 21, 2013
Affordable Pest is proud to observe Termite Awareness Week, an annual observance by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) to promote public vigilance against termites and educate homeowners about ways to ensure their properties don’t fall victim to this voracious pest.
“Pest proofing and home improvement projects are often designated to the spring season. Now is the perfect time of year to remind homeowners to take the necessary steps to protect their greatest investment from costly damage,” says Affordable Pest Founder Jason Fields. “Because termites aren’t often detected until it’s too late, we advise consumers to arrange for annual termite inspections from a qualified pest professional.”
Termites feed 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the cellulose found in wood and paper products. They can silently chew through structures undetected and cause more than $5 billion in property damage every year, an expense that isn’t typically covered under homeowners’ insurance policies.
“With the moist winter weather, we are anticipating a spike in termite activity in the Virginia, Maryland and DC area in the next few months. Early reports from southern states indicate increased swarm activity. In our region, we are particularly concerned about the Eastern Subterranean Termite. Properly identifying these pests early on is important as it can prevent significant damage to property.”
Affordable Pest offers the following tips on how to prevent termites:
- Carefully inspect the perimeter of the home for mud tubes and rotting wood.
- Divert water away from the home through properly functioning downspouts and gutters.
- Repair fascia, soffits and rotted roof shingles.
- Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
- Maintain a one-inch gap between soil and wood portions of the home.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and check it for pests before bringing it indoors.
About Affordable Pest: For over a decade, Affordable Pest has been providing effective pest control services in Virginia, Maryland and the D.C. area. Specializing in bed bug removal, termite control, mosquito management, wildlife trapping, and a variety of other pest control services, Affordable Pest is a go-to for both residential and commercial settings. Founded by Jason Fields, the company is privately held and is headquartered in Northern Virginia. To see what Affordable Pest can do for you, visit http://www.AffordablePest.com or call 1-855-737-8123.