With the rainy weather we have had in recent history, dating back to last August, residential wood-eating insects are about ready to burst at the seams.
September through November 2018 marked the rainiest “Fall” around these parts in history.
This past April, it rained 21 out of 30 days
With Winter sandwiched in between, accompanied by the normal dormancy of these types of insects during the colder months, in my opinion, we are about ready to see an onslaught of residential wood-eating insects.
Termites and carpenter ants are at the top of this list.
When the landscape around your home is saturated with moisture, you will most likely not see these pesky insects as they would have plenty of moisture sources to choose from.
When the sun and its accompanying warmer temperatures eventually return
– and believe me, I CANNOT WAIT to feel the warm rays once again!!
– the moisture around people’s homes will gradually dry up.
When this happens, these types of insects begin the search for moisture in order to survive.
This quest for moisture often leads them to begin exploring places in and outside of your home itself.
Carpenter ants you will usually see poking around on the outside of your home.
Termites, you will not.
They can absolutely cause an enormous amount of damage before you know what is happening.
Often times, we only happen to stumble upon structural members of our Clients’ homes that are being eaten to pieces after we remove what appears to be just a simple piece of rotted trim wood that needs to be replaced.
To combat these situations, there are two major things that can be done.
1) The first is to make sure your home is getting regular treatments of carpenter ant, termite repellent, and the like by either yourself or a professional.
2) The second is to make sure any rotted areas around your home are properly repaired/replaced and that nothing funky is going on behind them.
It also is not a bad idea to caulk trim joints and eliminate potential areas where insects can crawl in behind the trim when journeying for moisture sources.
I can guess with much confidence that we will pretty much all be extraordinarily happy when the sun finally comes back.
It may not be a bad idea though to be cognizant of what else may come back as the pleasant weather makes its triumphant return…