Termites Thrive in Higher Temperatures

With warmer temperatures fast approaching it’s wise to stay alert to the possibility of termites on your property in the Carolinas. It gets hot here, really hot. Unlike with humans, the hotter it gets out the harder termites work. Recent studies have shown that the speed at which termites will tunnel and transport food increases the hotter it gets. The effects of temperature on tunneling and food-transportation activity of four subterranean termite species — Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki, Coptotermes gestroi (Wasmann), Reticulitermes virginicus (Banks), and Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar) — were examined by researchers who observed the termites at 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35° Celsius.

Termite exterminationspacer“Understanding how termites transport food and what factors influence this process may aid the improvement of subterranean termite control strategies,” said the authors of a recent article published in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America. “The results of this study provide further evidence that the cold winter season may not be ideal for baiting programs.”

A thorough inspection by Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators is the best and most important step in protecting your property from termites. The experience of our professional exterminators can locate the specific areas in your home or business where a termite attack is or is likely to occur. If a termite infestation is found, Bug-N-A-Rug exterminators can design a treatment plan for your property. This treatment plan will eradicate any current infestation and establish a treatment zone, or monitoring system, around your home to be proactive against any future termite infestations.

Signs that you may have termites include pencil-size diameter or larger of mud tubes running across bare concrete or masonry between the soil and any wooden part of a building. Thin, paper wings, all the same size and shape, about 3/8 to ½ inch long, found on a window sill, counter top or floor in late Spring. Thin, bubbled or distorted areas of paint or wood surfaces that feel cool to the touch. Parts of building structures that begin to sag unexpectedly.

If you’d like someone to come by and perform a thorough termite inspection at your home or business, just call us at 910-254-9443 in Wilmington or 910-754-9700 in other Brunswick County areas. We’re here for you when you need us.

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