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Termites are alarming to North Carolina homes because they can cause extensive damage to your home before you ever realize you have a pest problem. Termites eat wood from the inside out, so their presence is often hard to detect. Wood that has extensive termite damage will appear solid and sturdy on the outside until probed, or until your porch and/or parts of the structure of your home start to collapses completely.
More About Termites
There are three major varieties of Termites in the US:
Although all three are known to eat wood, Subterranean Termites prefer soft woods and are most often the type of termite that is eating your home from the inside out. There are three different types of Subterranean Termites: A Swarmer (winged), a Soldier and a Worker (the wood destroyer). If you detect the presence of multiple winged termites inside your house, there's a good chance there's a termite nest nearby using the wood in your home as a food source. Swarmer Subterranean Termites look similar to winged ants, but there are three big differences:
- A termite's rear wings (they have two sets) are the same length as their front wings. In flying ants, the rear wings are smaller than the front wings.
- Termites have wide waists, but ants have wasp waist indentations below their second set of wings; and
- Termites have straight, beaded antennae, where ants have antennae with elbows and jointed bends.
If you see the presence of Winged Termites in or around your home, we recommend you contact a Pest & Termite Inspector as soon as possible to perform a through inspection of your home to determine the extent of damage (if any) and to put you on good prevention treatment plan. Like the old saying, "there are two types of homes: Those that have Termites and those that will get them!" Don't wait until your house has extensive damage - forgetting about them won't make the problem go away!
Termite Inspections Raleigh NC
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Our Pest & Termite Inspectors serve the following areas: Raleigh, Clayton, Garner, Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, Willow Spring, Cary, Apex, Durham, Chapel Hill, Benson, Smithfield, New Hill, Wake Forest, Knightdale, Youngsville, Zebulon, Mebane. Don't see your area? Contact us, and we will let you know if it's in our coverage area.
Tips on how to help prevent Termite infestations:
1. The first thing you need to do is Remove Access
Seal gaps where the plumbing and gas lines enter your home. These are good entry points for Termites and should be sealed to prevent intrusion.
2. Then, Reduce Food Sources
Remove all wood that has ground contact around your home and in your crawlspace. This includes spare wood, fire-wood piles, extra exterior siding boards, cardboard, etc. Wood based mulch should also be pulled away from around the foundation wall of your home as the excessive moisture provides ideal conditions for termites. Make sure wooden siding is at least six inches above the ground.
3. Next, Reduce Excessive Moisture
Make sure your home has a good gutter system, free from debris, allowing water to have proper drainage away from the home's foundation.
·Address any moisture problems in your basement and/or crawlspace areas. This can be from stopped up/no gutters, the grade sloping towards the home, plumbing leaks, lack of a good moisture barrier or even humidity, especially in North Carolina.
Make sure all condensation lines, whether your HVAC units or auxiliary drain lines for a water heater, have proper drainage away from your home's foundation.
4. Finally, Schedule Regular Maintenance
Have a licensed Pest & Termite Consultant perform regular treatments on your home to help prevent potential termite infestation.