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Prepping Your Home For Termite Season In Hot Springs

March 15, 2022 - Termites

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Hot Springs and the rest of Arkansas have a humid subtropical climate, ideal for termites. Termite season is from March through October when the three most-common termites reproduce. In Hot Springs, these pests remain active year-round. Because of the suitable conditions for termites to thrive and the extent of damage they can cause to wooden structures, it’s essential to prep your home correctly to keep these pests out.

Read on for more about the types of termites in Hot Springs, how long it takes for termites to destroy a home and when termite season begins in Hot Springs. Learn how to prep your home for termite season.

What Are The Types Of Termites In Hot Springs?

In Hot Springs, there are three types of subterranean termite species that commonly infest homes:

  • Eastern subterranean
  • Dark southeastern subterranean 
  • Light southeastern subterranean

Eastern subterranean termites are the most common termites in Arkansas, and they swarm or reproduce from March to May. Dark southeastern subterranean termites swarm from March through June, and light southeastern subterranean termites swarm from August through October.

How Long Does It Take For Termites To Destroy A Home?

Unfortunately, termite damage can go on for quite some time if you aren’t aware of the signs to look for. If left undisturbed, it can take up to three years for termite damage to become noticeable. Within eight years, all the wooden structures in your home, including structural components, furniture, and personal possessions, can be destroyed.

However, this all depends on the size of the infestation. If you have a termite population that’s large enough, meaning it consists of one to two million termites, they can destroy your home in just one to two years. Even worse, because most homeowners’ insurance policies see the damage caused by pests as preventable, damage incurred is not usually covered, resulting in thousands in out-of-pocket costs to cover repairs.

When Is Termite Season In Hot Springs?

As mentioned, there are certain months where termites swarm or when the infestation may be the most noticeable. When termites swarm, they try to escape through cracks in your home’s foundation to reach open air for the first time. Termites are also attracted to light, so it’s expected at this point to find them around light sources, such as windows or light fixtures. Termite swarms don’t last all day, but typically between 30 to 40 minutes—but don’t be fooled: just because the swarming stops, it doesn’t mean the termites are gone for good. 

How To Prep Your Home For Termite Season

For good, the most effective measure of preventative action is to keep termites out with year-round pest control solutions. The professionals at Advanced Pest Control, a family-owned and operated business, have been serving the residents of Hot Springs for 17 years and know how to identify these pests—and get them out of your home fast—while also safeguarding against future infestations. At the first sign of termites, give Advanced Pest Control a call at 501-293-0867.

Along with residential pest control, homeowners can take a few other steps to prep their homes to keep out termites.

  1. Keep your yard clean of debris, such as fallen leaves and branches, as well as piles of firewood, which attract termites—and give them an abundant source of food.
  2. Avoid using organic mulch, which is made from chopped wood, leaves, and grass clippings. 
  3. Minimize moisture in and around the home’s foundation, such as standing water and clogged drainage, as termites need a high moisture level to survive.