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  • Jun 14, 2019
Termite Season in the Carolinas: Types of Termites

Termites are a pest you don't want to ignore as the tiny winged pests are responsible for damage to property in the billions of dollars. Each year as termites begin to swarm, it's a visual sign the insects are gearing up for another year of mating, building residences, selecting a termite queen, and creating more colonies for the future. Although you may see a few signs, the extent of the infestation and the length of time it has been a source for termites may be longer than you realize. Whether you're a homeowner, property manager, or own a commercial business, when termite season comes around, you need to check your property for an infestation and take the necessary steps to eliminate the problem with a free inspection

Types of Termites

There are many termite species found in the United States. The estimate is around 2,800 of the pests abound but only a handful pose a significant problem to property owners. Four species are the most common. These include subterranean, dampwood, Formosan, and drywood termites.

  • Subterranean - These termites are also referred to as ground termites and live in large colonies that can reach 1 million insects living underground with access to an extensive tunneling system to reach wood sources and transport moisture. This species causes the most damage to properties across the United States. 
  • Dampwood - These termites live up to their name as they prefer damp and decaying wood sources. Properties that are prone to having a lot of accumulated moisture or experiencing on-going plumbing issues are attractive to this species for setting up their colonies. 
  • Formosan - This species, along with the subterranean termites, are found in North Carolina. The Formosan is considered one of the most destructive and infest wood poles and beams, boats, and trees. 
  • Drywood - The drywood species prefer to live inside accessible wood sources above ground such as trees and wood posts/beams. The termites eat their way from the inside out in places such as window and door frames. From the outside the wood surface may look unaffected but, it is deteriorating from within.

Termite Signs

If you're asking yourself "do I have termites" there are a few signs to look for that will answer the question. You may find a scattering of discarded wings near window and door frames. Termites with wings are often confused with flying ants. The difference between the two lies in the wings. A termite's wings are equal in length whereas an ant's wings are long in front and short in back. Another telltale sign are mud tubes, which termites use to move around in as well as provide moisture while they're on the hunt for wood sources. A third sign is to place your hand on a wood beam/frame. If it feels unstable, chances are it is hollow beneath the thin veneer due to termite damage. 

Contact Clint Miller Exterminating 

Where do termites live can involve several places inside and outside your home, and since it isn't always easy to detect every area that may be affected, consider the benefits of contacting a professional service. With the expert treatment process provided by Clint Miller Exterminating, you'll enjoy peace of mind knowing the problem will be handled with proper chemicals, efficient handling, and effective techniques. 

 

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