As temperatures begin to rise and the ground gradually warms, termites will emerge to launch an attack on vulnerable facilities across the country. To promote public vigilance against termites, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recognizes March 15-21 as Termite Awareness Week. Braman Termite and Pest Elimination is proud to take part in this annual observance by educating facility managers about the threat of termites and the possible signs of an infestation this spring.
Termites are known as “silent destroyers” because their constant gnawing can go unnoticed until significant structural damage to your home occurs. Termites will feed 24-hours a day, seven days a week on the cellulose found in wood and paper products.
“Winged swarmers are often the first sign to facility managers that termites have invaded. They typically emerge in the spring to create new colonies. If seen indoors, they are evidence that you already have termites. If seen outdoors, they are indicative of the likelihood of current or impending infestation.” said Jerry Lazarus, third-generation owner of Braman Termite and Pest Elimination. “Eastern subterranean termites are very prevalent in southern New England, so it’s important for facility managers to remain vigilant for signs of these wood-destroying pests in and around their property.”
The NPMA offers the following signs that termites may be present:
1.    Brown pencil size mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source) on the exterior foundation.
2.    Wood in the facility that sounds hollow when tapped.
3.    Darkening or blistering of wood structures.
4.    Cracked or bubbling paint.
5.    The sudden emergence of a multitude of flying insects.
6.    Small black insects crawling near doors, on windowsills, or on the cellar floor, along with translucent wings that have been shed by the swarmer.

“If facility managers notice any of these signs, they should contact a pest professional who can best determine the extent of the problem and recommend a proper treatment plan,” added Lazarus.