No matter where you live, termites are active all year long. However, they are most visible when the weather turns warmer, which is why spring is typically considered termite season in Lake George, Saratoga Springs & Albany NY.
When Does Termite Season Start?
The season typically starts when homeowners experience termite swarms. A swarm occurs when subterranean termites fly from their underground nest in order to find a mate, to look for new food sources, and find a new home. Swarms are usually seen at the beginning of spring, after a rain event, and are mostly likely to occur from Lake George to Albany between March and May.
If you experience a termite swarm, try to capture some of the swarmers in a glass jar. This can help your pest management professional make a positive identification.
How Do I know if I have Termites?
Termites are difficult to detect because they live in the soil and usually feed on wood that’s hidden behind walls, floors and ceilings. In fact, they can live undetected in hollow doors and wall voids for many years, which is why termite control is recommended even if you don’t think you have an infestation.
Besides swarms, one of the other common warning signs for termites is mud tunnels. Termites build these tubes, or tunnels, out of soil to travel in a protected environment from their nest to their food source – the wood in and around your home. Homeowners usually notice these pencil-width tunnels on exterior walls or in the basement.
The other way to spot termites is to look for early signs of termite damage. Tapping or knocking on wood doors or walls will reveal a hollow sound if termite galleries are lurking beneath the surface. Likewise, cracks in ceilings or walls, blistered or sagging flooring, or a floor that feels springy or spongy can all be signs of termite activity.
Termite Extermination & Prevention
While termites are typically not visible year round, they can damage your house any month of the year. A qualified termite specialist is trained to identify signs of a termite infestation, even when activity is not very visible.
If you suspect you have a termite infestation, or just want peace of mind, contact your pest control professional. Nature’s Way Pest Control performs free termite inspections in Lake George, Saratoga Springs, Albany NY and beyond.
Our termite monitors are designed to safely control and destroy termites on your property, and we use environmentally-friendly pest control to get rid of termites that have invaded your home. In addition, we treat your home with Bora-Care, an ecologically-safe treatment for your wood that will prevent the pests from returning.