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Experts: Protect Your Home Against Termites This Spring

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Richmond, VA—Experts are warning central Virginia homeowners that termites may become a problem as warm weather moves into the area, and offer practical advice on how to keep the pests away from your home.

Experts say the warm winter made it easy for termites to set up shop, and the problem will likely get worse as the year progresses. Nick Lupini of Loyal Termite & Pest Control explains, "Phones have been ringing all winter, which is a great thing. It was a very mild winter; we didn't have hardly any snow. So once it starts warming up the phones are going to really start ringing."

Termites can do some of their worst damage to a home early in the morning.

"Folks come home from work and there's wings everywhere. It's kind of like the creep show actually," says Lupini.

The pets need an opening only 1/64th of an inch wide to enter a structure, which is about the width of a single strand of hair.

Exterminators say it is important to treat the entire perimeter of a home. Lupini reminds homeowners to have their home inspected yearly, and to start maintenance treatments as early as possible.

It is best to nip the problem in the bud as quickly as you can…termite damage repairs can be costly.

Lupini warns, "We've literally seen $100,000 worth of damage to a home. They'll just eat your home out from under you."

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