Termites cause billions of dollars in damage to American homes and businesses each year. US residents spend approximately $5 billion annually to control termite infestations and repair damage. Termites never sleep, meaning they work for 24 hours a day for their entire lives. These small, wood-eating insects can consume up to three percent of their body weight in a single day! Queen termites can live for up to 25 years, producing offspring every 15 seconds.
The Formosan “Super Termite” is by far the most aggressive and destructive species of termite, and wreaks havoc on homes specifically in Charleston, Fripp Island, Isle of Palms, and other coastal towns. Formosan termites colonize in above-ground infestations, and have been known to chew plaster, vinyl, linoleum, underground cables, and even asphalt.
However, no part of the country is immune from severe termite damage, since most species are very adaptable and can make themselves at home in a variety of environments.
Fortunately, there are a number of tell-tale signs of a termite invasion. Keeping an eye out for these signs can help you identify a termite problem early and seek professional treatment before the damage gets out of control.
Signs of a Termite Invasion
- Mud tubes- Termites need moisture in order to thrive. To stay out of the sun, they build pencil-like tubes out of dirt and mud. Look for these around the foundation of your building.
- Discarded wings- Termites discard their wings after they mate in the spring and fall. A pile of small wings is another tell-tale sign that termites have made their home on your property.
- Small piles of dirt- Termites carry small amounts of dirt with them as they enter and exit your building.
- Insect swarms near your foundation- Swarming insects, especially during mating season in the spring and fall, is another sign of termites.
- Hollow-sounding walls- Since termites consume beams from the inside out, you may not notice any outward signs of damage. However, if you knock on the wood and hear a hollow sound, you might have a termite problem.
- Termite “droppings” – Termite droppings look like small pellets. Look for them in the corners of your basement or around your foundation.
Keeping your South Carolina home free from termites is not a DIY project. Getting rid of these insects and keeping them away requires the experience, equipment and skill of a professional pest control company like Clark’s Termite and Pest Control. We’ve been helping property owners in and around the Midlands with their pest control needs for nearly a decade. To learn more about the signs of termite damage and how to get rid of them, contact Clark’s today.