ATLANTA, March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- March 20 marks the first day of spring, bringing warmer temperatures and sporadic rain showers to the Southeast. Whether gardening, spring cleaning or playing outdoors, people are livelier with the change in weather, and they aren't the only ones. Termites are becoming increasingly active as well. Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin has reported a recent increase in termite calls at some Southeastern branches, including those in Florida and South Carolina.
"Moisture from the rain coupled with increasing temperatures make springtime conditions in the South ideal for termite activity," said Jim Warneke, Orkin southeast division technical services manager. "Subterranean termites, which live underground in the soil, thrive in humid climates with temperatures above 60 degrees."
Termite activity isn't anything new to the Southeast -- or the U.S. for that matter. According to the National Pest Management Association, termites cause about $5 billion in property damage per year in the U.S. While termites can be most visible in the spring, these pests damage property year round.
"While subterranean are the most widespread and common group of termites in the Southeast, drywood termites also can be found in areas with warmer climates that do not reach freezing temperatures in the winter," said Warneke. "Subterranean termites are the most destructive of this 250-million-year-old pest, but drywood termites also can cause serious damage to a home's structure and amenities, like hardwood flooring and furniture."
Warneke suggests homeowners contact a pest management professional if they suspect any termite activity, as the warning signs can be subtle and often go unnoticed until it's too late. Signs of an infestation include termite swarms, mud tubes and piles of discarded wings. Termite swarms are typically found around lighting fixtures and windowsills, as they are attracted to light. Once termites begin to fly, they shed their wings, leaving piles of wings around the home. Subterranean termites also build mud tubes as a protective tunnel between the wood they feed on and their colony, often taking refuge inside of the home when temperatures increase.
About Orkin, LLC
Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin's almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer's pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).
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