TERMITE AWARENESS WEEK
The first full week before spring is Termite Awareness Week. As the weather warms, termites, become more active and damaging.
Termites never stop. They feed on wood, making it brittle and weak. If left to feed long enough, they can total a home. The bugs do not sleep; they perpetually chew through wood. Termites cost U.S. property owners billions of dollars in property damage each year. Most homeowners’ insurance does not cover termite damage.
If you live in a wet and warm area, you’re most likely to experience an infestation. Cold weather areas have less of a problem with termites; the cold kills the bugs. However, if an unseasonably warm winter is encountered, even in northern climates termites will not be destroyed.
A report by pest control professionals ranked the 15 most termite-infested cities in the United States:
- Mobile, Alabama
- San Antonio, Texas
- Memphis, Tennessee
- Tampa, Florida
- Miami, Florida
- Los Angeles, California
- Orlando, Florida
- Jacksonville, Florida
- Dallas, Texas
- Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- Houston, Texas
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- San Diego, California
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Little Rock, Arkansas
HOW TO OBSERVE #TermiteAwarenessWeek
Check your property and take steps to prevent infestations.
How to check:
- Look for wood damage.
- Watch for signs of moisture, drainage problems, damaged wood, and termite tunnels.
- Look for any kind of mud tubing.
How to prevent:
- Hire a professional pest management inspection.
- Get rid of woodpiles and other debris under and around the house.
- Avoid plants and flowerpots right next to the house.
- Porch steps should not rest on the ground.
- Avoid trellises that touch the soil and the house.
- Schedule annual plumbing and HVAC maintenance inspections.
Use the #TermiteWeek to share your experiences and how you manage and protect your home and property on social media.
TERMITE AWARENESS WEEK HISTORY
The National Pest Management Association declared Termite Awareness Week in 2011 to encourage homeowners and others to inspect their property for termites before they become destructive.
2022 March 13-19
2023 March 12-18
2024 March 10-16
2025 March 9-15
2026 March 8-14
2027 March 7-13
2028 March 12-18
2029 March 11-17