The spring season has arrived in Texoma and with the mild weather, termites are out in full force. This year is different, however. The number of termite calls and reports is higher now than it has been in a number of years.
David Shoop Junior, the sales manager at SHOOP'S Texas Termite told Newschannel 6 the increase in the termite population is all due to the weather. Shoop said, "We've seen a huge increase in termite calls - mainly because of the drought that we had last year and now we have the torrential rains this spring."
Termites survive and thrive in moist climate. While the recent rainfall and the mild weather has kept exterminators busy, it's making matters worse for homeowners across Texoma, especially if residents choose to ignore a termite problem. The potential structural damage on home properties comes with an extraordinary financial cost and that cost should encourage Texomans to be cautious and take preventive measures.
"Once they find wood or cellulose, they're going to do continuous work. They will not stop until treated," said Shoop. Shoop encouraged Texomans to keep a watchful eye on their yard and property. Two signs Shoop said could indicate termites have invaded your home are first, dirt and/or mud build-up on your walls inside your house (especially in the bathroom area or wherever there is plumbing). Second, Shoop said, if you have mud tubes along the siding of your home. These two indicators, along with visible termite swarming and termite colonies, are what Shoop called "red flags."
He offered a few tips to combat the issue at your home. "Make sure that no wood is up against the home, even if it's firewood. It gives termites an access - a bridge - to go directly from the ground into your home," Shoop said. Experts also said you should keep the soil line lower than the top of your home's foundation to prevent termites. Chemical preventative treatments are also available for purchase with any average local exterminator.
If brick on your property goes below the ground, however, David Shoop Jr. suggested, "You really need to get a shovel or a hoe and actually make a trench to where that concrete is showing. Without that, they'll definitely find their way in."