If left untreated termites can do a massive amount of damage to any building structure. They cause billions of dollars in damages every year in this country. Though they primarily feed on wood they’ll also devour paper, books, insulation, swimming pool liners and filtration systems. They will seek out injured or ailing trees on your property and invade those as well. If you think you may have termites or are looking for Wilmington termite control providers, consider calling us. Following are some of the most common questions we’ve heard about termites.
Q. Is there a certain time of the year when termites are more visible around my home?
A. Yes! Spring is typically when you’re most likely to see large numbers of winged termites emerge inside your home. Triggered by warmer temperatures and spring rainfall they begin swarming to disperse and start new colonies.
Q. Are there signs or other indicators of termites outside of my home that I should look for?
A. Signs of infestation are mud tubes. The mud tubes are typically about the diameter of a pencil, but sometimes can be thicker. Termites construct these tubes for shelter as they travel between their underground colonies and the structure.
Q. If termites are living in my yard does it mean they’re in my house, too?
A. Not necessarily. Termites emerging from wood stumps, woodpiles, and other locations outdoors are not necessary cause for concern. If you see them emerging from the foundation wall, porches or patio structures, it’s time to call in an exterminator.
Q. So if I don’t see mud tubes or the ones I find are empty does it mean I’m in the clear and don’t have termites?
A. Unfortunately, no. If an existing tube is empty it does not necessarily mean that there’s no infestation. Termites will often move to other areas of a structure to do their foraging and abandon existing tubes. Many times there are no visible indication of termites or their damage. They can go undetected for years until an exterminator comes in and does an official inspection.
Q. Can I get rid of termites myself?
A. Termite eradication is best done by a licensed pest exterminator offering termite control in New Hanover County, like Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators. We have extensive knowledge of home construction that helps us to identify critical areas where termites are most likely to enter a home and reside. Many of these points of entry are hidden and difficult to get to. Our specialized equipment enables us to effectively and safely reach the termite residence and effectively eradicate the infestation.
If you have other questions please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 910-254-9443. We’d be happy to schedule an appointment to come to your home and perform a thorough termite inspection, explaining the steps involved in the process while we’re there.