When termite season rolls around, the destruction it causes is in direct contrast with everything else going on around you. As flowers bloom and new life erupts everywhere, termites can destroy a home faster than owners can imagine. Every year, $5 billion worth of property damage goes down the drain due to termites, a number that could be mitigated once you understand more about termite species and termite control. Termites can go undetected for a while as they build up their colonies, but once they're on a roll, they won't stop until they've attacked as much plant material as they can. Learn more about the types of North Carolina termites that abound and what termite damage looks like.
There are two common types of termites in North Carolina, otherwise known as the Eastern subterranean and Formosan subterranean. The Eastern variety can be identified by their rectangular heads while the Formosan termites have more oval-shaped heads. The Eastern termite also has a protruding jaw while the Formosan has no eyes. Both species live in the earth and will attack nearly any man-made structure. The subterranean feces will be in liquid form, meaning you might see greasy stains as evidence of an infestation on your property. The queen of both species will have a different appearance from both the soldiers and the workers and can lay hundreds of eggs a day.
Before your roof starts to crumble or the porch gives way to the pressure of your foot, there should be earlier signs of an infestation. The best thing to do is to look for the bugs themselves. You can identify a termite by its straight antenna and wide middle. After a rainstorm on a warm day, you might see a swarm of termites on your property, particularly near tree stumps or woodpiles. This does not mean that termites have found their way to your home, but it does give you some idea of proximity to your structure. (Just make sure you don't confuse termites with flying ants, as they may look the same from a distance.) Another sign of termites is their mud tunnels, usually made from soil or wood particles. You might find these tunnels anywhere on your property, including in the floor joists or on exterior structures.
The staff at Clint Miller Exterminating understand that it's not always easy for people to spot the signs of termites. Some property owners may travel during the spring and summer, unknowingly giving termites full run of the property. Other times, termites aren't quite as obvious as owners wish they would be. If you're concerned about keeping your property safe and avoiding expensive damage, we invite you to contact us for more information. We're here to answer your questions so that you can take care of the problem as early as possible It may only take one inspection to discover a small colony. It's all too common for owners to notice signs of a termite colony after the termites have already done the damage. Let us be the ones to determine the safety of your property at the start of the season.