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What do termites look like?

Eastern subterranean termites are small, pale social insects that live in colonies underground. They are often referred to as “white ants”, but they are not closely related to ants. These wood-destroying pests have soft bodies, are wingless with straight antennae, and their bodies are divided into head, thorax, and abdomen, giving them a distinct appearance.

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Why are termites a problem?

Termites are destructive pests because they feed on cellulose, which is found in wood and wood by-products. Left untreated, they can cause severe damage to the structure of buildings. What’s more, most standard homeowners insurance policies do not cover termite damage, leaving property owners with costly repair bills.

Can termites fly?

Termite swarmers, also known as alates, have wings and can fly. They are the reproductive members of a termite colony and come out to reproduce in the spring. They are often mistaken for flying carpenter ants.

What is the difference between termites and carpenter ants?

Termites and carpenter ants are often confused due to their similar habit of damaging structures. However, termites feed on wood, while carpenter ants do not consume it, but instead excavate it for nesting purposes.

Where are termites found?

Termites thrive in warm, humid environments. While subterranean termites make their homes in soil, they will infest homes, traveling through mud tubes that allow them to avoid drying out. Inside homes, this species of termite is often found in areas where water damage, moisture, or other structural flaws are present.

How can I tell if I have a termite infestation?

Signs of a subterranean termite problem include:

  • Mud tubes
  • Termite swarmers (inside or out)
  • Piles of wings on or under window sills
  • Damaged wood that sounds hollow when tapped on
  • Bubbling or warping paint
  • Papery or blistered drywall
  • Sagging floors or ceilings
  • Live termites

Can I get rid of termites on my own?

Getting rid of termites is hard to accomplish, especially for the average homeowner. If you’ve discovered termites or evidence of termites in your home or business, the best solution is to contact an exterminating company that specializes in termite control.

How do I get rid of termites?

If you’ve detected signs of termites, or uncovered termite damage, contact Harris Pest Control for effective termite control in the Pee Dee and Grand Strand regions. Our termite exterminators will perform a free termite inspection and then, based on the findings, recommend the best termite treatment for your situation; either a termite baiting system or a liquid termite treatment. Regardless of how we eliminate these wood-destroying insects, we offer the best termite warranty in the area. What’s more, our termite bonds are transferrable and renewable.

For homeowners looking for even greater protection against termites and other pests, check out our Intelligent Choice Pest & Termite Program.

Don’t wait for termites to damage your property; reach out to Harris Pest Control today!

How can I prevent termite infestations?

To prevent termites from infesting and damaging your structure, we recommend implementing the following suggestions:

  • Seal entry points
  • Eliminate wood-to-soil contact around your home
  • Repair leaky pipes, faucets, and other plumbing issues
  • Reduce moisture and humidity
  • Keep gutters and downspouts in good repair to prevent water from collecting near the foundation
  • Make sure your home’s foundation is properly graded to direct water away from the structure
  • Remove dead or dying trees and stumps
  • Clear away organic debris
  • Trim back trees, shrubs, and dense vegetation
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