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ADVISORY: How to Spot, and Stop, Termite Infestations Before They Take Hold

72 Days ago

The National Pest Management Association urges homeowners to be aware of threats posed by these silent destroyers

FAIRFAX, VA, March 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  Termites, known as “silent destroyers” for their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected, cause more than $5 billion in property damage in the U.S. every year – damage that is often not covered by homeowner’s insurance. With harsh winter weather leaving many homes and properties across the country susceptible to these wood-destroying pests, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is working to educate consumers and spread awareness about this destructive species during Termite Awareness Week, March 10-16.

Who : The National Pest Management Association (NPMA)

View TIny Termite House video:  https://youtu.be/g9kPcJT8Wtg
VIDEO CAPTION: National Pest Management Association (NPMA) file footage of the Tiny Termite House. A tiny, built-to-scale dream home was introduced to more than half a million Formosan termites, and NPMA documented the damage in a never before seen point of view. The house was a total loss despite looking structurally sound from the outside. NPMA is working to educate consumers and spread awareness about this destructive species during Termite Awareness Week, March 10-16, 2019. NPMA file footage of the Tiny Termite House and photo/b-roll assets available at: https://bit.ly/2tWaAgR

Key Visuals : For a behind-the-walls look at just how destructive these pests can be if left unchecked, NPMA released footage of its Tiny Termite House, a groundbreaking experiment and video production. The group constructed a tiny, built-to-scale dream home, and then introduced more than half a million Formosan termites to document the damage in a never before seen point of view. The house was a total loss despite looking structurally sound from the outside.

Key Audio : It’s Termite Awareness Week and these costly critters cause more than $5 billion in property damage in the U.S. every year. The National Pest Management Association is offering a behind-the-walls look at the massive decimation termites cause, taking half a million termites and setting them loose in a tiny, built to scale dream home in an effort to show how feverishly termites can wreak havoc behind the walls of our greatest investment. It’s called the Tiny Termite House and the destruction is proof that termites can literally eat you out of house and home. Spring and summer are the perfect seasons to call a licensed pest control professional to give your greatest investment a termite check. Go to PestWorld.org for the full story!

Link to photo and b-roll assets : https://bit.ly/2tWaAgR

Top Signs of a Termite Infestation : (can be lifted and credited to the National Pest Management Association)

  • SWARMERS: Swarmers are young female and winged termites that often invade homes in the springtime. They especially seek out buildings that have sustained damage from severe winter weather. Once swarmers have determined your home to be a good fit, it’s likely that the rest of the termite colony will follow.
  • DISCARDED WINGS: The discarded wings of swarmers can often be found near windowsills and doors and are often the first and only outwardly visible sign of a termite problem.
  • WOOD DAMAGE: Termites tend to eat wood from the inside out, so wood that sounds hollow when tapped often signifies a termite infestation. Homeowners should also look for rotting wood and cracked or bubbling paint, as these are signs of moisture buildup that could either mean water damage or termites.
  • FRASS: Drywood termites produce wood-colored droppings as they eat through infested wood. If a homeowner finds a small pile of what looks like pellets inside or outside the home, it could be a sign of drywood termite infestation.
  • MUD TUBES: Subterranean termites, the most destructive termite species, build mud tubes to provide moisture while they travel between their colony and a food source. Mud tubes are most often found near the home’s foundation.


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About the National Pest Management Association

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 5,500 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of public health, food and property from the diseases and dangers of pests. For more information, visit PestWorld.org or follow @PestWorld on  Facebook Twitter Pinterest  and  YouTube .  

Samantha Kamen
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