April means mosquito and termite season is here. According to Terminix, Termites are going to wreak havoc across the U.S., but certain states and cities are at much higher risk levels and should be on high alert during the next few months.
"We consistently see higher levels of termite activity in the southern United States," said Paul Curtis, Terminix's manager of technical services. "Particularly in and around coastal cities where the weather is damp and humid -- the perfect environment for a growing termite colony."
Terminix identified 15 cities across the U.S. that should be on the highest alert and focus on termite control. Of the 15 cities, three were in Texas, four were in Florida, and the most at-risk city is Mobile, Alabama.
Homeowners, no matter their location, should be aware of the pest control companies in their area in the event of an infestation. If someone waits too long to rectify a termite infestation, the repair costs could end up being much higher than they're going to want to pay. A homeowner who discovered late termite damage will spend an average of $3,000 on structural repairs.
In order to protect a home or building from these damaging pests, homeowners should consistently inspect every inch of their property, keep shrubberies trimmed to allow airflow, immediately dry damp structural areas, and focus on proper ventilation to ensure that small spaces are free from moisture.
Mosquitoes can be a major nuisance, too, and can even carry deadly diseases, which is why it's essential to contact professional pest control companies that have experience in mosquito reduction techniques. Although mosquitoes begin swarming in April, the hotter summer months are when these bugs really do the most damage. This should give homeowners enough time to prepare for the middle of the summer, when mosquito season is in full force.
Remove any objects on your property that can collect water and subsequently attract mosquitoes. Tires, wheelbarrows, buckets, and items like flower pots should be removed or concealed. Installing bug lights around your property won't completely get rid of a mosquito problem, but it'll certainly help.
Your best bet to prevent these bugs from causing damage to you and your property, however, is to work with experienced pest control companies. Contact Dixon Pest Services today if you need professional assistance.