LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A long winter and late spring means termite season is a little late this year. But as the temperatures climb, termites start to migrate and move to new places.
"Termites can squeeze through as small of an opening as 1/64th of an inch crack," said Richard Sims, Curry's Termite and Pest Control Pest Control Manager.
Typically, termite season starts on April 1st. But in Sims' experience, 80-degree weather will cause them to be active.
Here are some things you may not know about termites:
· Termites resemble ants, but they are actually more closely related to cockroaches.
· Worker and soldier termites are blind because they spend their lives in the dark.
· Female queen termites lay one egg every 15 seconds.
When checking your home for termite invasion, check baseboards, window trim or door trim that's been damaged. Odds are, if it disintegrates in your hands, the termites have gotten to it.
"The most common things that you'll find termites attacking are stumps, old and rotten wood, but sometimes they make it to your home," Sims said.
And there, they can attack sheet rock, paper coating on walls, and books.
"To treat termites effectively, it is best to call a professional," Sims said. "Typically we'll apply a chemical barrier at the base of the house throughout the whole foundation. It allows us to treat the sole along that crack or crevice that allows us to create that chemical barrier to keep the termites from attacking the house."
Once your home is treated, it can stay protected for 15 to 20 years.
Sims said if you purchase something over the counter, you likely won't have the equipment to effectively treat your home. But if you do attempt to treat your home on your own, read the bottle effectively.
You don't want to have unnecessary chemicals scattered around your home.