Scientific Name: Isoptera
Appearance: Off-white bodies and a brown head with a protruding claw-like jaw
Size: 0.12 – 1 in.
What is a Termite?
Termites are wood feeding insects that are notorious for causing structural damage to buildings. Some species of termites are able to swarm into buildings while other will travel below the ground. In the Upstate of South Carolina the most prevalent termite species is called subterranean termites and they will travel below ground searching for food sources.
Termites will infest wood in large numbers. The Queen can lay up to 12 eggs within just a few days after mating. As she continues to mature she is able to reach a reproductive rate of up to 1000 eggs per day creating extensive destructive colonies.
Why do I have Termites?
Termite’s primary food source is wood. Subterranean termites will search underground for wooden structures. If there are joists, sidings, or piles of wood in direct contact with the soil termites will locate the area and begin to feed and reproduce.
Infestations are very common when experiencing termites. They reproduce at a rapid rate and their presence is often hidden unless damage has become extensive or an inspection locates their activity.
How do I get rid of Termites?
There are preventative options for termites. Monitoring stations are a common way to catch colonies before they access a building. There are also soil pre-treatments that will help keep colonies off the property for a period of time.
In cases of active infestations contact your local pest control specialists for inspection, remediation, and future prevention. Click Here for Details on our General Pest and Termite Plan
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