Subterranean Termites (viewed here) after picking up landscape pavers alongside the slab of a home in Katy, TX on February 17th, 2017. With Houston’s unusually warm winter, even by Houston standards, we are already experiencing our first Termite swarms. Around the Houston area we typically see “swarmers” (winged primary reproductives) in March and April on a warm sunny day following a day or two of rain.
It is not uncommon for Frontier Exterminating to receive phone calls from homeowners returning home and encountering 100’s of what appear to be winged ants in their home typically around windows. The black “swarmers” as seen in the video are indicative of a mature subterranean termite colony of at least 2-4 years old. If you experience this encounter this spring do not hesitate to give Frontier Exterminating a call. Frontier Exterminating offers a free assessment to confirm the presence of Termites.
Texas A&M and their Entomology Department is a great resource for more information on Subterranean Termites: (http://extentopubs.tamu.edu/e-368.html).
Houston and its suburbs are known for our bayous and residential ponds. Some areas around the city are popular for their tall grass areas. Ponds and natural grass areas provide peaceful scenery for morning and evening strolls. However, they also contribute to a growing rodent population; a growing rodent population who also needs shelter. Below are a few tips to keep in mind around your home in order to ensure rats and mice do not decide your attic, garage, or place of business would make the perfect nesting place for their growing family this winter.
If you have any suspicion, do not hesitate to call Frontier Exterminating for a free rodent assessment on your home.
- Check the exterior perimeter of your home for openings. Common entry points include the Air Conditioner Line where it enters your home, holes or spaces in soffits and trim pieces, garage door corners, and points where different roof elevations meet. There could be a number of other possible points of entry specific to your home or business.
- Look for rub markings around possible entry points. Rodents often travel the same path repeatedly, leaving greasy markings behind.
- Check the attic for signs of nesting. Signs include droppings, tunneling through attic insulation, and gnaw marks on insulated pipes, wires, boxes, and papers. Around the holidays many people have to climb into the attic at least once, providing the perfect opportunity to scope it out for any of the signs mentioned above.
- Check the garage for droppings. Rodents linger mostly out of sight but they leave an ample amount of evidence behind. Droppings are typically found around the walls of the garage (check behind items that are rarely moved), the corners of the garage, and on shelving.