Termites

What are termites?

Termites are serious economic pests that cost property owners across the United States over $5 billion each year. Termites are social insects that live and work together in large groups. The most common species of termite in our area is the Eastern subterranean termite. These termites feed on things made of cellulose like tree stumps, fallen trees, structural wood, and wooden fixtures. They are especially attracted to wood that has been previously damaged by water. A single termite colony can have hundreds of thousands to millions of members in it. The colony is divided into three different castes, or groups, of termites - workers, soldiers, and reproductives (kings and queens).

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Are termites dangerous?

Termites are dangerous to property, not people. Termites are pests that can cause significant structural damage when they decide to invade homes and other buildings. Termites are often described as silent invaders. They enter homes through the ground completely unnoticed. Once inside, they tunnel through the inside of structural wood, leaving the exterior almost completely intact and "normal" appearing. Termites can be feeding on a home’s structural wood for months or years before their presence is discovered. In addition to their damage being quite extensive, the repairs required to correct the damage are quite expensive. Termite damage is not something that most homeowners insurance companies cover.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termites live and feed in the soil. They are attracted to properties that have damp soil and decaying wood. Once living on your property, the likelihood of them finding their way into your home is high. Termites invade wooden structures (doorframes, decks posts, wooden shingles, porch steps) after emerging from the soil. They can find their way inside through cracks in the foundation. Termites also find their way onto properties during a termite swarm. A termite swarm is when reproductive members of a termite colony emerge from the nest to find a mate and create a new nest.

Where will I find termites?

As their name suggests, Eastern subterranean termites create their nest in moist soil underneath the ground. Termites travel from their food source to their nest through underground tunnels or mud tubes that they create on the surface of basement walls, foundations, and the ground. Mud tubes help to keep termites out of view of predators and meet their high moisture needs. Termites find their way inside homes while foraging for food. Inside homes and other structures they travel behind walls, underneath flooring, and above ceilings. They will tunnel through and feed on structural supports, beams, flooring, wooden trim, and sub-flooring. Termites are initially attracted to water-damaged or decaying wood, but as an infestation develops they will eventually begin attacking sound wood and even non-wooden items.

How do I get rid of termites?

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How can I prevent termites in the future?

Doing the following in your Charlotte, North Carolina home and around your property can help to prevent problems with termites in the future:

  • Reduce moisture levels inside your home by running dehumidifiers.

  • Place weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Limit soil-to-wood contact located on your property.

  • Repair leaky pipes, faucets, or fixtures.

  • Remove fallen trees and tree stumps from your property.

  • Replace water-damaged wood inside your home with sound wood.

  • Create a barrier of at least 18 inches between any soil or mulch and your home’s foundation.

  • Places woodpiles up off the ground and a good distance away from the exterior of your home.

  • Make sure gutters are in working order and directing water away from the outside of your home.

 

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