Termites in North Carolina

North Carolina Termites

Several species of wood-destroying termites call North Carolina home. The most common are the Eastern subterranean termite and imported Formosan subterranean termite. As their names suggest, these pests live under the soil. They're best known for attacking homes, outbuildings, and other man-made structures.

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Identifying Termites

Termites are social insects that live in colonies. Workers and soldiers maintain the nest and protect it from threats. Homeowners typically see the winged reproductives, or swarmers, when the weather warms, often following rain. Swarming termites are around a quarter-inch long and brown or black in color with pale wings.

Damage Caused by Termites in North Carolina

These pests feed on cellulose, the main component found in wood. This makes a variety of items found around the home perfect for termites to eat. Besides structural wood, termites also consume cardboard boxes, wood paneling, and even flooring. Signs of North Carolina termite activity can include:

  • Mud tubes: Termites travel from the soil to food sources through mud tubes. These may be found on foundation walls, joists, or ceilings.

  • Swarming: Since reproductives can be seen flying about, an infestation could easily be nearby.

  • Brittle wood: Infested timber usually looks fine from the outside, but is weak and unstable. Buckling floors or wood that sounds hollow when tapped may suggest termite problems.

Removing Termites

Termite colonies can grow at an alarming rate when left unchecked. In order to remove termites in North Carolina homes, chemical treatments are necessary. Since applying these products can be difficult, costly, and time consuming, it is best to leave termite control to the professionals at Orkin.

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