Termites strike fear in the hearts of homeowners. Live termites can literally eat you out of house and home, silently damaging its structure and requiring expensive repairs. They cause an estimated $5 billion in damage each year, but most homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover it. As they silently devour the wood in your home, you may be clueless that there’s a hostile takeover going on. Learning the signs of an active or potential invasion is very important. When termites threaten your home, Bug Ivey can get rid of them and prevent future attacks.
The Eastern Subterranean Termite is the most common species in the Carolinas. They live underground in efficient, well-organized colonies, feeding on the cellulose in wood, nonstop, 24/7. The members of the colony have assigned roles?reproductives, soldiers and workers. The soldiers and workers tend to the nest and protect it. The soldiers provide food to the colony. The queen’s role is to produce eggs, laying up to 30,000 per day! The numbers can get exponential quickly. Swarmers, called alates, fly out of the nest to create new colonies, where the breeding cycle continues. Measuring only .25 to .5 inch in length, adult termites may be active in your home for years before being detected.
Termites vs Ants
Termites are often confused with flying ants but you can tell them apart. Ants have a narrow waist, curved antennae, and two sets of wings that are different in length. Termites have a thick waist, straight antennae, and two sets of wings that are the same length. If you see any winged insects in your home, we can help you accurately identify them.
Signs of Termite Infestation
Most of the time, termites go undetected as they continuously consume the wood in your home. If you see any of these signs, contact us right away so we can help you prevent further damage and prevent impending attacks.
- Flying swarmers around exterior lighting or wood around your home
- Damaged wood with honeycomb-shaped channeling
- Mud tubes, used by termites to travel from their colonies to your home
- Live termites, anywhere near or in your home
Bug Ivey is considered the go-to company in the Charlotte metro area for termite control and prevention.
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