Along with rising river in the Mid-South in the spring comes swarming termites.
Right behind those pests is another pest that is just as big a problem - it's distant relative, the human crook.
If you see these flying insects it is time to take action, but do not panic. As scary as these little guys are they are not the termites you need to worry about. The little white worm-looking guys are the bad boys with a huge appetite for wood.
"When you have a swarm they can come out so quickly, literally in a few minutes you can have thousands in your kitchen and that will create a phone call to companies almost like a 9-1-1 call," said Scott Burnett of AAA Termite Service.
Just because you see these flying termites, it does not mean it's chow time for these little guys. They come later. You have plenty of time to take action.
"The swarmers are going to come out, they're the reproductive," Burnett said. "They're not the guys that are going to be the problem. But they are the ones that let you know it definitely have to get something done."
That's where the next big problem can come from, if you pick the wrong company that decision can cost you more than the damage done by the termites.
"The biggest thing we run into is people either purchase out of fear or panic or a company selling using fear or panic," Burnett said. "Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the companies out there are great companies. I've grown up in this industry and they are not going to use those tactics, but if somebody comes out and are slashing prices by 1/2 - especially if you say you're going to get other estimates or if they come back unannounced later that evening and really start pressuring you - that's something you want to watch out for."
Before you hire anyone to eradicate termites or put in a new driveway at your home, call the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South. It could save you a lot of grief and money.
"They may prey on your emotions," said Randy Hutchinson of Mid-South BBB. "We say here at the BBB, the faster they talk the slower you should act."
So keep an eye out for flying termites and their little brothers the wood chompers. But also keep an eye out for the lowlife human crooks, who are hard to spot just by looking at them. Do your homework.
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