March 22, 2013 at 14:48 PM EDT
March 25-29 is Termite Awareness Week
Terminix Service, Inc. Encourages Public Awareness of Termites During Warmer Months

COLUMBIA, S.C., March 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Terminix Service, Inc., a pest management company with more than 60 years of service in South Carolina, western North Carolina and the CSRA area of eastern Georgia, is proud to observe Termite Awareness Week, March 25-29. This annual observance by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) promotes public vigilance against termites and educates homeowners about ways to ensure their properties don't fall victim to this voracious pest.

"Pest proofing and home improvement projects are often designated to the spring season. Now is the perfect time of year to remind homeowners to take the necessary steps to protect their greatest investment from costly damage," said Scott Fortson, President of Terminix Service, Inc. "Because termites aren't often detected until it's too late, we advise consumers to arrange for termite protection from a qualified pest professional."

Termites feed 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the cellulose found in wood and paper products. They can silently chew through structures undetected and cause more than $5 billion in property damage every year, an expense that isn't typically covered under homeowners' insurance policies.

The NPMA and Terminix Service, Inc. offer the following prevention tips for homeowners to help guard against termites:

  • Carefully inspect the perimeter of the home for mud tubes and rotting wood.
  • Divert water away from the home through properly functioning downspouts and gutters.
  • Repair fascia, soffits and rotted roof shingles.
  • Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Maintain a one-inch gap between soil and wood portions of the home.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and check it for pests before bringing it indoors.

Throughout Termite Awareness week, Terminix Service, Inc. will be bringing consumers useful facts and helpful hints through their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

For more information on Termite Awareness Week, please visit www.TrustTerminix.com.

About Terminix Service, Inc.

For more than 60 years, our customers have trusted Terminix for the very best in Termite and Pest Control protection for their homes and businesses. In addition to the strongest termite damage guarantee in the industry, Terminix also provides mosquito management, fire ant control, fumigations, crawl space ventilation, dehumidification and moisture control.

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