In North Carolina, we’re far too familiar with termites. There’s no question that these insects will wreak havoc on a home if given the chance. That’s why it’s important to act quickly and decisively when you realize that termites are making themselves comfortable in your living space. In this blog post, not only will we provide some education around termites, but also offer some solutions for getting rid of them altogether.
How Do Termites Find Your Home?
All subterranean termites need to survive is food and moisture. Keep in mind that they feed on cellulose-based material such as wood, books, boxes, furniture, and drywall coverings. But how do termite infestations occur? Well, healthy colonies send out winged reproductives to start new ones. Once termites find a suitable area, they start a new colony. Another way infestation takes place is when termites forage for food and find their way into a structure. With the subterranean variety specifically, termites will build mud tunnels over foundation walls to gain access to the structure’s wood.
The good news is that it’s fairly easy to find warning signs that alert you to a colony of termites. Here are some of the common ones:
- Bubbled or cracked paint – Don’t be surprised to see the paint or coating on the surface starting to bubble. This is the byproduct of termites feeding off of the interior of a structure.
- Solid wood now sounds hollow – PestHow explains termites will leave the outer structure of a cellulose item intact as they carve out the interior. You’ll find that tapping the wood leaves a slight echo.
- There are mud tubes outside – Don’t think that termite tubes will look like wasp nests. While wasps and hornets usually stay together in one place, termites spread along walls, wood beams, and down in crawl spaces.
When our termite inspection team enters a home, we will also look for evidence of swarmers, mud in construction joints, and certain property features that harbor termites.
Termite Extermination Methods
How difficult could it be to get rid of a few bugs, right? Unfortunately, getting rid of termites is a process. First, you must remove any easy food sources. This could be moving firewood or paper debris that’s located near a home’s foundation. Be sure to grind out any stumps that are near the home and any other plant-based debris as well.
At this point, it’s time to install a barrier around the home to prevent easy access for these pests. Only then should you start to use termite treatment, whether that’s DIY, chemical, or nonchemical solutions. If you decide to go with a chemical solution, remember to apply as instructed. Many homeowners don’t realize that these pesticides can get into your water system, losing effectiveness against the termites.
How to Properly Prevent Termites
Are you looking to keep termites from pestering your home in the first place? Keep these tips in mind:
- Look at your plumbing – Any water leaks can be an invitation for termites. In Charlotte, there’s no question that we see plenty of rain. So take it upon yourself to eliminate the spots where water pools.
- Clean out your gutter system – You’re asking for trouble if you allow a water source to form right near your home’s foundation. One idea could be installing basins, especially if your gutter system expels water into the yard.
- Ensure good air flow – Termites absolutely love moisture when forming a colony. Consider installing vents at the highest location of the ceiling to prevent dampness that enables these pests to thrive.
Trust Veterans Home Inspection for Termite Inspection
According to the National Pest Management Association, termites are responsible for more than $5 billion worth of damage in the United States each year. It’s hard to believe, but termites cause more damage in a year than fires, floods, and tornadoes. If your home is showing signs of termites, you need an experienced team to come up with a quick solution. The termite inspector at Veterans Home Inspection is licensed in the state of South Carolina, so you know that you’re dealing with someone reputable. Once we conduct our inspection, the next step is termite control and permanent termite treatment.
Don’t just think that your termites will go away. Instead, call us before more damage is done.
Reach out today to get started.