Why Termite Control is Important

Each year in the United States, termites cause over $5 billion dollars worth of damage to homes and commercial properties. In the southeast, termites are more aggressive than in any other region of the United States. A single termite colony can contain over a million termites, with the ability to eat over 100 pounds of wood in a single year. The average cost to repair termite damage is over $8,000. For these reasons, it is important that you choose the best termite coverage available, one from TerminixTerminix offers the ultimate protection guarantee – we don't stop working until the termites are eliminated. 

How do termites get in my home?

Eastern subterranean and Formosan termites enter homes through the ground. These foragers feed on any tpe of cellulose material, most commonly finding a steady diet of dead and decaying wood in the environment. However, often times unbeknownst to homeowners, termites make their way into the foundation and structural supports of homes and commercial businesses. 

How do I know if I have termites?

There are a number of ways to determine if your home or business has termite activity:

  • Scarring on wooden components (flooring, sheetrock, paneling, etc.)
  • Hollowed or damaged wood. Wood damage can be found below and behind surfaces like walls, floors and more. This can be caused by termites chewing through wood in search of cellulose, leaving behind long grooves. Over time, these grooves weaken the wood and create structural damage. Hollowed wood usually has a honeycomb interior and an empty sound.
  • Evidence of termite swarmers. Discarded termite wings can be found near closed windows, doors and other home-access points. This is caused when termites swarm out of their nest to mate and find a place to start a new colony. When they land, termites intentionally twist their wings off because they will never need them again. Termite wings are all the same size while ants have one pair of larger wings (front) and one pair of smaller wings (rear).
  • Mud tubes. Termites use mud shelter tubes to travel above-ground. The mud tubes provide protection from predators, as well as moisture – a key component to termite survival. Mud is almost always found in the direct vicinity of termite activity and damage.

The best way to determine if you have termites or not is to have a complete inspection performed by a professional from Terminix. At Terminix, we can provide a customized solution that best fits your budget, and the particularities of the structure that needs to be treated.

All or part of the information for this web page is sourced by Terminix International. Terminix North Carolina is a locally owned franchise of Terminix International.