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Termite Identification Tips: How to Identify the Termites You Have

If you have termites on your North Carolina property, you will certainly notice the signs. Some of the signs associated with termites that you might see are mud tubes, wings on the ground, or even a sawdust-like material on counters, in sinks, and in other areas of your home.

At the first sign of termites, you should reach out to a professional pest control company because usually you won’t notice their presence until the damage has already been done.

There are two different types of destructive termites in North Carolina and here are some tips on identifying the type you have:

Eastern Subterranean Termites

Subterranean TermitesThe eastern subterranean termite is extremely destructive, and they tend to eat the inside of wood, leaving only a shell behind. This is important because the timber might look perfectly fine from the outside, but it could be extremely weak from the inside. As you can imagine, this could be disastrous if it happens in your home.

These termites are very small, only about 1/8 inch in size. They have large mandibles, or pincers, on their heads and are dark in color. You will know if you have these termites as you will notice the presence of mud tubes on the side of your home and likely see swarming or wings on the ground as the weather warms up in spring. Each colony of subterranean termites will contain thousands of insects, some colonies closing in on a million individuals.

Drywood Termites

Drywood TermiteThe other type of termites you might see in North Carolina that are highly destructive are drywood termites. These termites will often be found inside of the home feasting on your wood furniture.

The main sign that you have drywood termites is the presence of a sawdust-like substance on, in, and around wood in your home. This substance is actually termite feces that they kick out of the small irregularly placed holes they drill through wood. These holes are another sign that you have drywood termites, not subterranean termites.

If you see any sign of termites, first contact a pest control specialist like Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control, LLC, then take some time to identify the type you have. Based on the signs, you might be able to do both at the same time. Remember, the sooner you contact a professional, the less damage you will be dealing with, which will significantly lower the cost of repair.

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Termite Season is Coming!

Subterranean Termites

The termites are coming, the termites are coming! In reality, termites are in North Carolina eating wood and other cellulose based materials year round, but spring is the time when most people first discover they have a termite problem.

Signs of termites

In spring each year as the weather warms up, winged termites take flight in an attempt to leave and start new colonies. When they swarm inside your house, they head toward the windows and daylight. They cannot escape and die there at the window, leaving piles of termite wings on the sill and surrounding areas. Outside, you may find piles of wings around the foundation. These piles are a sure sign there is an infestation close by.

Mud tubes are another indicator of a termite infestation. These tubes may be found inside or outside your house, usually (but not always) low to the ground around the foundation of the home.

As termites eat wood, the surface may not initially appear damaged, but the wood will sound hollow. In other cases, the damage may look like paint that has gotten wet and has bubbles. As you clean your baseboards, look for signs of damage or listen for the wood to sound hollow when you tap it.

You may also find signs of live termites around the foundation. Look for wet areas or signs of damage near your home, pull mulch or dirt back from the house and look for live termites.

Don’t panic

While termites eat day and night, there’s no need to call 9-1-1! Do have a termite professional come and inspect your property to confirm that the problem is indeed termites. If you do have termites, there are several treatment options available, including liquid treatments and baiting systems. Depending on the severity of the damage, you may need to have repairs done to any wood the termites have destroyed.

If you believe you may have termites, don’t wait to get your home inspected! Give Clegg’s a call. Our pest professionals can help tell you if you have termites and offer a solution to meet your specific needs. Contact us today.

Learn more about termites in these related articles:

What You Need to Know About Termites

A Seasonal Guide to Termites

 

 

Seasonal Guide to Termites

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When the weather starts to warm again in the spring, people begin noticing signs of termites and our phone begins ringing. In some cases, homeowners find signs of termites when they begin sprucing up their homes. In others, termites may swarm inside the home or around the foundation. As soon as you think you might have a termite issue, you need to call a professional and have your home inspected.

What are the signs I have termites?

The most common type of termite found in North Carolina is the subterranean termite. These insects live in colonies underground and eat cellulose products like wood and paper. You may find damage to wood beams in your crawlspace or even to baseboards. We recently had a situation where termites had gotten into books stored on a bookshelf and eaten holes in the books! The other obvious sign of infestation is mud tubes on the interior or exterior walls, especially near the ground, or around doors, including the garage door framing at the expansion gap on the ground. One homeowner walked into her shower one day and discovered mud tubes that had appeared overnight right at the top of the tile surround. You may also see swarms of termites around mating season in the spring and summer or find piles of discarded termite wings around windows.

If the inspector confirms I have termites, what happens next?

Once our trained technicians identify a termite infestation, they will review the extent of the problem and detail the location(s) of the damage, and then create a customized treatment plan for your home. They will review the treatment options with you and answer any questions you may have. You can then choose an option for treatment. If the damage is severe, you may also need to involve a contractor to handle the repairs to your property.

What termite treatment options are available?

For subterranean termites, a liquid termiticide is usually applied around the foundation of your home. For homes built on a slab, the concrete will be drilled and the termiticide pumped under the concrete. Some homeowners may have high moisture areas or they may be concerned with the impact of some types of liquid termiticides on the environment. It is important to note that there is a new liquid termiticide that only affects termites- Altriset® (Syngenta). Altriset specifically paralyzes the jaw muscles of termites, and therefore will not harm beneficial insects like honey bees. Altriset is termed a “reduced risk” insecticide by the Environmental Protection Agency, and therefore has no signal word like other EPA pesticides require.

A second option is a baiting system like the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination system. In this type of system, baiting stations are set around the perimeter of your house and termiticide bait is placed in the stations for the termites to collect and take back to the colony. If an infestation already exists, a liquid termiticide may be applied first and the baiting system installed as a preventive measure. Our recommendations will be based upon your specific situation.

What can I do to ensure I don’t get termites?

When new homes are built, they are treated with a termiticide product that protects the home for around 5 years. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to have a new treatment applied after the original loses effectiveness. Both liquid and baiting options are available. Clegg’s liquid termite protection plan requires an annual termite inspection. This allows us to ensure the treatment is working. Once the initial application has lost effectiveness, a termiticide booster treatment is applied and the annual inspection process continues. Of course, one of the most important things you can do is be vigilant. Make sure there is no excess moisture in and around your home that can attract termites or other wood-boring insects. Keep your eyes open for signs of termites and follow some common sense precautions like storing firewood away from the foundation of your home, keeping bushes and trees trimmed away from the house, and not piling mulch against the foundation. Again, if you see any signs of termites, don’t ignore them!

If you see damage to the wood around your home, you could have termites or other wood-destroying insects that result in similar damage. At the first sign of trouble, you should have a professional inspect the property to see exactly what you are dealing with and recommend how to best treat the problem. To learn more, read our article, What You Need to Know About Termites.

Clegg’s offers free termite inspections. Call us today to schedule an appointment at the first sign you might have a termite infestation.

Identifying a Termite Infestation in Your Crawlspace

Subterranean TermitesTermites are among the most dreaded pests in a home. If left untreated, an infestation of the insects can cause very expensive property damage. Because termites typically access a home through its foundation, homeowners can detect the early signs of infestation by inspecting their home’s crawl space. However, many homeowners are unaware of the signs they should look for when inspecting for termites.

One of the more obvious signs of termite presence is the formation of mud tubes. If mud tubes are found in a crawl space, the tubes should be broken open to check for active termite activity. If no activity is found, the tubes should be scraped away, and the area should be examined again at a later date to determine whether new tubes are present.

Signs of termite damage may also appear on structural wood on the foundation. All wood should be tapped with a metal object, such as a screwdriver, to determine whether the wood has been hollowed out due to hidden termite damage.

When searching for termite damage, it is also important to move the insulation walls and inspect behind them. Fallen insulation should be replaced to discourage moisture problems and also to eliminate the paper backing that is often found on insulation as a potential termite food source.

Areas in which leaks, flooding, or other sources of humidity are present are also especially susceptible to termite infestation.

If the crawlspace is being used for storage, all sources of cellulose, such as cardboard boxes and wood debris should be inspected and removed as termites are able to consume any form of cellulose as a food source.

Finally, dryer ducts should be directed outside the house to make the crawl space environment less inviting to termites.

Termite infestations can be tricky which is why it is highly advised to contact Clegg’s to make sure that all possibilities have been examined thoroughly.

If signs of termite activity are discovered, the next step should be to call a pest control professional that specializes in eradicating termites. Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control has experienced technicians who understand the biology of termites and are able to successfully remove them. In addition to eliminating termite infestations, the technicians at Clegg’s will also offer advice to homeowners to help their property remain termite-free.

Clegg’s offers a variety of liquid and bait termite control options to help homeowners win the war against destructive termites and to avoid the costly damage termites are very capable of causing.

Request termite service online or call us at 888-672-5344.

Our Sentricon Termite Services

What does Clegg’s and the White House have in common? The Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System.

This system uses the environmentally responsible Always Active Technology to eliminate termite colonies. Many of our nation’s precious landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and Independence Hall have adopted this technology to eradicate termite infestations.

How Sentricon Works

The Sentricon System contains Recruit HD Termite bait which works immediately once deployed. Once termites find these bait stations, they’ll begin feeding on it. In fact studies show that the termites prefer the bait over wood. The active ingredient in the bait, noviflumuron, prevents the worker termites from molting subsequently leading to their death. Termites also can’t detect noviflumuron so they keep feeding on the bait and distributing it to the colony.

Our Installation Process

  1. As an Authorized Operator, we first inspect the property for signs of termites.
  2. Sentricon Stations are placed strategically in the soil around the home. The simple installation requires no trenching or extensive digging.
  3. The bait is immediately available to termites upon entering the station.
  4. We return on a regular basis to monitor and re-bait the stations as needed.

Environmentally Responsible

The bait is used in limited amounts so that there is no threat to local underwater supplies. Sentricon also contains no label restrictions for use around wells or cisterns. This is the only termite control product awarded with the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.

For more information regarding our termite control solution, visit the termite section of our website. You can also reach us 888 MR-CLEGG (888-672-5344) or request service online.