You know how the saying goes: April showers bring May flowers. But what if Mother Nature goes overboard and dumps a flood on you? It’s important to know that termites can survive flooding and sometimes come back stronger. The threat increases because soils around structures are wet and conducive to foraging termites. Here’s what you should know about termites post-flooding.
- Termites may not have gone away. Termites in tunnels near the ground surface are unlikely to survive flooding; however, that doesn’t mean the entire colony is eliminated. Termites have been known to infest structures and debris just one month after a flood. The pests can move up in trees and stumps to avoid drowning in floodwater and/or enter an immobile state that conserves oxygen. After the waters subside, termites can start foraging immediately.
- If you had soil washouts, a liquid barrier protection most likely is gone. Termiticides exposed to wet conditions are more prone to biological degradation than termite bait stations.
- If your termite protection of choice is the Sentricon® System and stations remain in the ground after the flood, your home is still protected. Noviflumuron does not leach from the Recruit® HD termite bait used in the Sentricon System. A Dow AgroSciences study confirmed that the active ingredient, noviflumuron, is stable in the highly durable matrix. Once a Sentricon station dries out, termites return to bait in the station. Most important, bait remains palatable.
- To be safe, Sentricon stations should be checked and replaced if necessary. A service contract includes replacement of missing stations, so call your Certified Sentricon Specialist™ to schedule an appointment.
- It's no shock that termites are attracted to damp conditions. Post-flooding can create areas where soil needs to be graded away from your home. Stations also may have to be moved to ensure that termite control exists in newly created conducive areas. Your Certified Sentricon Specialist will take a closer look at conducive conditions during an inspection.
If you are located in a region that experiences flooding, the best way to ensure your home is protected around the clock is to call your pest management company to schedule an on-site visit.