Fox2Now St. Louis
April 10th, 2013
Gary Rottler from Rottler Pest and Lawn Solutions spoke with Elliot about termites in the spring. Termites cause $5 billion in damage to US buildings and they live in every state except Alaska.
Termite tunnels are the size of a pencil with a sandy texture. Usually found near front porches, garages, foundation, sill plate in basement, under decks/overhangs.
In St. Louis, termites swarm in March/April. They emerge in large numbers.
They eat and digest the wood, causing damage to the structure.
Identification is key. Termites are often mistaken for flying ants.
Follow the water. Moisture is number one draw – leaky faucets, etc.
If termite signs are there, call a professional.