Fredericksburg, Virginia

Imagine this headline in your newspaper. You would be very concerned about a disaster that caused five billion dollars in losses. Or damage that in most years is five times the dollar amount of hurricanes and fires combined. This is a conservative estimate for the cost of controlling termites and repairing termite damage yearly in the United States.

The warm and rainy weather that we have experienced this past fall and winter has been welcomed by increasing water levels in reservoirs and in the soil. However, it has set the parameters for the largest termite swarm to ever be known in this region.

“The season is just beginning and as the weather gets warmer, I’m sure we’ll hear more reports of swarms and infestations across the region,” said Jim Selnow, Vice President of the Springfield Virginia based ProTech Pest Control. “We are anticipating an active season, especially with the increased moisture in the Mid-Atlantic area. These weather conditions are very conducive to heightened termite activity.”

Termite season for most subterranean termite species traditionally starts in late February to early March and lasts through June. Swarming occurs when warmer temperatures set in and termites leave their colonies to find new nesting sites. Swarming may be the only obvious sign a homeowner has that they’ve had an infestation. However, lacking a swarm doesn’t mean your home is termite-free. Homeowners are encouraged to protect their properties with annual inspections from a qualified pest professional.

“Termite infestations should not remain unchecked as termites cause $5 billion in property damage in the United States each year,” said Selnow. “Regular inspections and carefully considered treatment is necessary to stay on top of infestations and to protect most people’s largest investments—their homes.”

Wood-boring insect damage is not covered by homeowners’ insurance policies and infestations can often go undetected by homeowners who don’t inspect their property annually. Termites eat wood, flooring, sheetrock, wallpaper, plastics, paper products and fabric made of plant fibers, which can severely compromise the structural soundness of a home.

If you need an inspection for termites or other wood destroying pests request that only a Virginia Pest Management Association Certified Wood Destroying Insect Inspector perform this service. VPMA Certified WDI Inspectors have undergone extensive classroom training in addition to their field experience and have passed a comprehensive examination to qualify for this designation. In addition, periodic retraining is required to maintain certification. Look for this logo when looking for a Certified Wood Destroying Insect Inspector:

Hiring a professional may be well worth it, say the experts, if you want to protect your home.

For more information on pest management, contact ProTech Pest Control at 703-440-8000 or visit the ProTech website at www.protechpest.com.

ProTech Pest Control is a professional pest management organization serving the following areas:

Springfield Branch: City of Alexandria, City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church, Arlington County, Fairfax County

Fredericksburg Branch: Caroline County, Culpeper County, Fauquier County, King George County, Louisa County, Orange County, Prince William County, Rappahannock County, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County

Winchester/Leesburg Branch: City of Leesburg, City of Winchester, Clarke County, Frederick County, VA, Loudoun County, Shenandoah County, Warren County, Berkeley Springs, WV, Charles Town, WV, Martinsburg, WV, Berkeley County, WV, Jefferson County, WV, Morgan County, WV