Protect Your Home from Termite Damage All Year Round
In North Carolina, termites are a year-round problem. Our humid climate provides the perfect environment for them to thrive, and thrive they do. If you haven't considered the value of termite protection, you may want to keep in mind that termites cause over $5 billion in property damages in the United States every year. And since they stay out of sight, most homeowners don't realize they even have a problem until they have incurred extensive damage. With Pest and Termite Consultants at your side, you can eliminate current termite infestations and prevent future infestations. We offer a range of termite control options in Raleigh, NC to protect your home from the threat of termites.
If you have spotted termites around your property, give us a call at (919) 246-8831 as soon as possible.
What Are the Signs of a Termite Infestation?
You may be curious about identifying a termite infestation in your home. Luckily, termites have several ways of making themselves known.
Some of the most common signs include:
- Swarming termites: During the spring and early summer, termites will swarm and reproduce. These swarms are visible and made up of many termites at a time. When swarming, you can often find them around flying bright lights.
- Mud tubes: Termites build mud tubes to protect themselves from the elements while traveling between the colony and the wood they eat. These tubes can be found on the outside of a home, particularly around the foundation.
- Hollow-sounding wood: Termites eat the soft, inner wood of structures, leaving behind a shell. If you tap on wood that sounds hollow, it may be a sign of termite damage.
- Discarded wings: Termites shed their wings after they swarm and establish a new colony. If you find a pile of tiny, translucent wings, it is a good indication that termites are present.
- Frass: Termites produce frass, a combination of feces and bits of wood. You can find this material near the colony and where the termites are feeding.
It is important to note that some of these signs can be hard to spot, especially if they are hidden behind walls or in hard-to-reach areas. That's why it's always a good idea to have us thoroughly inspect your home to detect any signs of termite infestation.
Our Termite Control Process
Termites are stubborn and destructive creatures, so you have every reason to be concerned if you spot any on your property. Keep in mind, though, that our team is here to help. We have worked hard to create an efficient and effective process for locating and eliminating termite activity in homes or businesses.
Free Termite Inspections
The subtle signs of termite infestations are easy to miss and are often found in hard-to-access locations. Here at Pest and Termite Consultants, we offer free termite inspections. One of our trained professional pest technicians will thoroughly inspect your property for signs of termite activity.
Regardless of whether or not we uncover any termite activity during your free inspection or NC WDI-100 inspection/report, we highly recommend putting a year-round termite treatment plan into place. Even if termites have not yet invaded your home, unprotected homes are always at significant risk of invasion.
Termite Control Treatments
We can tackle termite infestations with several different treatment options. We will recommend the best course of action based on your property, the extent of the invasion, and other factors.
We offer several treatment options to keep your home termite-free:
- Liquid Non-Repellants – Liquid non-repellants are undetectable to termites and can be applied around your home's perimeter. When termites cross the product barrier, they pick it up. Due to the nature and biology of termites, it affects the rest of the colony. The product not only eliminates any termites that pass over this barrier, but it also works to eliminate the entire colony.
- Liquid Barrier Products – We put down a chemical barrier at all possible entry points through which termites can invade a structure. This barrier prevents termites from crossing through the treated barrier and kills them if they do.
- Wood Borate Treatments – A borate chemical is applied to the wooden parts of a structure. When termites attempt to attack or invade the structure, they die.
- Foam Treatments – Due to the construction and possible points of entry, it is sometimes necessary to treat in-wall voids. We will fill the gaps with an effective foam that keeps termites from returning to your home.
At Pest and Termite Consultants, we're so confident in our termite treatments that they all come with a one-year warranty. This warranty is both renewable and transferrable with no transfer fee. The current owner will pay the current year's renewal rate for the year. Pest and Termite Consultants also offers damage warranties on most guarantees.
Don't let termites get the upper hand on your property. Instead, protect your home from termites before they invade by investing in our Raleigh, NC, termite control services!
Termite Control FAQ
When do termites swarm in Raleigh?
The exact timing of termite swarming can vary depending on the species of termite and the specific climate conditions in the area. Raleigh's most common termite species is the Eastern subterranean termite, known to swarm mainly in late March to early June. It's always advisable to have an inspection performed to learn more about the specific timing of termite swarming in your area and to take preventative measures to protect your home from termite damage.
How long does it take termites to damage a home significantly?
The amount of time it takes for termites to cause significant damage to a home varies depending on several factors, such as the colony's size, the type of wood in the house, and the moisture level in the wood. However, generally speaking, termites can cause significant damage to a home in as little as a few months.
Eastern subterranean termites, common in Raleigh, typically form large colonies containing hundreds of thousands of individuals. These colonies can consume a significant amount of wood each day and, if left untreated, can cause extensive structural damage to a home in a relatively short period.
It's important to note that termites often go unnoticed for long periods, feeding on wood in the walls, flooring, and framing of a home, causing extensive damage before being detected. That's why regular inspections by our team are crucial to the health of your home.
It's also worth noting that early detection and treatment can help prevent significant damage to a home and can save homeowners thousands of dollars in potential repair costs.
Should I perform my own termite treatments?
While it is tempting to DIY your termite infestation, you may want to think twice.
Some reasons to avoid performing your own termite control treatments include the following:
- Experience and expertise: We have the experience and knowledge required to determine the extent of an infestation and implement the most effective and efficient treatment plan.
- Proper equipment: We have access to specialized equipment and techniques unavailable to homeowners. These tools and methods can be crucial to detecting and eliminating termites effectively.
- Safety: Termite treatments often involve chemicals that can be hazardous to humans and pets. Our team at Pest and Termite Consultants has the knowledge and training to handle and apply these chemicals safely.
- Long-term protection: Our team can provide long-term protection for your home by combining treatments, such as baiting systems and liquid termiticides, and implementing preventative measures to make your home less attractive to termites.
- Cost-effective: Hiring our team may save you money in the long run, as we have the experience, equipment, and knowledge to eliminate the infestation quickly and effectively, preventing further damage to your home.
How can I tell the difference between termites and winged ants?
It is not uncommon to confuse winged ants for termites. They appear similar, and their small size can make the features of the two creatures hard to distinguish from one another.
That said, there are a few key differences that can help you distinguish between the two:
- Body shape: Termites have a broad waist and a thick, white body. Winged ants have thin waists and darker bodies.
- Antennae: Termites have straight antennae, while ants have elbowed or "L" shaped antennae.
- Wings: Termites have two pairs of wings of the same size and shape. Winged ants have two pairs of wings, but the front wings are larger than the back wings.
- Behavior: Termites swarm during specific times of the year, usually in spring, and they swarm during the day, while ants swarm at night.
- Nesting: Termites build their colonies underground, in wood, or on the walls of a building, while ants typically build their colonies outdoors.
Not all termites and ants have wings, and some species might not have the typical characteristics mentioned above. In any case, it's always best to have our team conduct an inspection to accurately identify the species and determine the best course of action.
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