Spring is here–time to plant the garden–and with it comes the beginning of serious pest season–termites are on the move!

In colder climates, most bugs are killed off by winter weather, but here in California the tomato plants can keep producing and so can the termite queens. And those queens can live as much as 20 years.

How can you avoid termites getting into your home? Here are some tips from the National Pest Management Association:

  1. Eliminate or reduce moisture in and around the home (helps with mold, too!)
  2. Repair leaking faucets, water pipes and exterior AC units (also mold!)
  3. Repair fascia, soffits and rotted roof shingles
  4. Replace weather stripping and loose mortar around basement foundation and windows
  5. Divert water away from the house through properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks (mold again!)
  6. Routinely inspect the foundation of a home for signs of mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source), cracked or bubbling paint and wood that sounds hollow when tapped
  7. Monitor all exterior areas of wood, including windows, doorframes and skirting boards for any noticeable changes
  8. Maintain an 18-inch gap between soil and any wood portions of your home
  9. Consider scheduling a professional inspection annually. Wood-boring insect damage is not covered by homeowners’ insurance policies
  10. Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house

If you find you have already had a visit from some spring termites, contact Alliance Environmental Group for a consultation on using ThermapureHeat to eliminate them without dangerous chemicals or pesticides! Heat penetrates everything and kills termits and their eggs in one treatment!

Hope you are have a wonderful spring weekend planned! We now have three tomatoes on the plant in the photo!