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Professional Termite Pest Control In Charlotte, North Carolina

In Charlotte, NC  it will be the subterranean termite that you’ll have to worry about. And when you consider the fact that these guys are mainly responsible for the biggest portion of termite damage throughout the United States, it only makes matters all that much more concerning.

Subterranean Overview

The characteristics of a subterranean termite depend on the termite’s specific role within that colony. A subterranean termite could be a worker termite, it could be a soldier termite, or it might even be the queen of the colony. The workers measure anywhere from 1/8 inch to 3/8 inches long. While the solder termite of this species is similar in length, it does have a much larger head. Probably to accommodate for the powerful mandibles. Reproductive members measure approximately ½ inches long.

Subterranean Habits

This species prefers to build underground colonies but is not opposed to taking up residence above ground in moist conditions. They usually like to build what are known as mud tubes, which gives them access to food sources while also offering much-needed protection. Like other termites, this species feeds on cellulose. They like to swarm in the spring when the other reproductive members venture off and start separate colonies.

Subterranean Threats

As you likely already know from the information above, it is this species that is the most destructive of the termites. They have hard, saw-toothed jaws that allow them to bite off and chew extremely small pieces of wood. While they only bite off extremely small pieces of wood, they can repeat this action over and over again in an effective manner, resulting in massive structural damage.

Distinguishing Between The Flying Ants And Termites

In Charlotte, NC both the fly ant and termite are extremely common critters. They are so common that they are oftentimes mistaken for each other. If you saw a fly ant and thought it was a termite, no one would likely scald you for it. They are extremely similar with similar habits and appearances. That being said, they do have some distinctive differences that make them stand apart from each other. Being able to differentiate between the two species will be crucial for successful eradication.

  • While both the flying ant and termite have wings, it is the flying ant that has longer front wings. The flying ant’s front wings are longer than the back, whereas the termite has front and back wings that are about equal in length.
  • The termite has a thicker waist that is much less defined, while the flying ant’s waist is extremely narrow and pinched.
  • As far as the antennae go, the termite has a straight antenna, whereas the flying ants are elbowed or 90 degrees. 

Other Termite Facts

You’ve discovered quite a bit of interesting information thus far about termites. However, there is still more to learn for successful elimination and future prevention.

  • A termite colony is a perpetual feeding frenzy. Members of the colony are constantly feeding non-stop, 24 hours a day, and seven days a week! Pretty amazing when all things are considered.
  • With many diligent worker termites, a termite colony can successfully exist and thrive for many generations. We’re talking as long as 50 to 70 years!
  • In North America, a typical termite colony consists of over 500,000 insects. Now, you can see how these small critters are so destructive.
  • Termites are valuable to the environment with their ability to break down deadwood. They break it down where it later turns into soil that can be utilized to fertilize the earth.
  • Subterranean termites are extremely resilient, but they need constant access to water. Without a proper water source, they will cease to exist.
  • Termites build and maintain mud tunnels or tubes that lead to the ground. They need the water to keep these tunnels and tubes perpetually moist.
  • The main threat to any termite colony is the ant. Ants usually attack when termites are feeding or in search of food.
  • It is possible to completely rid a structure of termites. (On the inside and outside. However, you are talking 500,000 insects so, you’ll likely require the assistance of a trained pro to do so.)
  • There are over 2,000 different species of termites, but most of them will only be found in tropical or subtropical climates.
  • 40 species are located throughout the United States
  • Termites will eat their way through concrete only if and when needed.
  • The total weight of termites on earth would greatly outweigh the total weight of humans on earth
  • Only worker termites can chew and digest cellulose, and this is why they are solely responsible for gather food and feeding other members of the colony. They have to digest it and regurgitate it to the other members. A similar process to that of a mommy bird and a baby chick.
  • Queens can live for 20 years or more and lay thousands of eggs in a single day Just think of the possibilities!

Are Termites Dangerous?

While there aren’t many, there is one upside to termites. That upside is, they aren’t physically dangerous. At least not in the sense of attacking. They do not pose you an immediate physical threat, but this doesn’t mean their structural damage couldn’t lead to collapsing buildings. They could chew through wooden foundations and beams and weaken them to the point where they collapse.

How To Eliminate Termites

Termites can cause great destruction to property. Along with this, they can reproduce extremely quickly. Simply put, you’ll want to start eliminating them as soon as possible. Of course, this is much easier said than done, give the fact, they can live as far as 300 feet away from your home. They also use complex networks of underground tunnels, making the situation even all the more confusing. Locating all the pathways is hard enough, but trying to shut off and eliminate the pathways makes the entire situation more troublesome.

This is why you’ll want the assistance of a trained, qualified, and certified termite professional. There are plenty to choose from, so make a wise and informed decision.

Can You Treat Termites Yourself?

Due to the complex nature of termites combine with the complexities of pesticides, successful termite elimination can be challenging. Not only that, but it can be dangerous. The wrong chemicals used in the wrong hands in the wrong situations can be a recipe for disaster. This is why most people aren’t successful when trying to treat their termite problems. This is why it is just best to opt for a pro who is trained to handle the situation.

When Can You Get Here?

We offer a wide range of pest control solutions to the residents. Bed bugs, termites, roaches, fleas, bees, or pretty much whatever you need eliminated, we can eliminate. Short of dealing with your mother-in-law, we are on top of our game. That being said, these unique skills and abilities keep us busy all year round. Regardless, we are always more than willing to accommodate when and where we can. Give us a call and we’ll have a trained pro out to your property within the next 24 to 48 hours.

Do You Offer Safe Treatments?

As you just learned above, one of the problems with termite elimination is the complexity of the pesticides used for eradication. While these pesticides are extremely volatile, our techs are highly trained and certified by the EPA. With years of experience, we’ll utilize these chemicals most safely and effectively possible. However, when we can, we’ll also offer eco-friendly solutions.

Is It Possible To Prevent Termite Infestation?

In most cases, it is best to stop termite problems before they start. While this might be hard said than done, it is entirely possible with the right knowledge, tools, and know-how. Here is how you can start:

  • Reroute all water away from the home or building’s foundation. This would include downspouts, gutters, and splash blocks.
  • Repair any leaking faucets or dripping AC units that might be cause water to stand.
  • Look for productive and effective ways to eliminate humidity in crawl spaces, attics, and basements. Proper ventilation is always a good option.
  • Store all firewood at least 20 feet from the building and 5 inches off the ground.
  • Mulch must also be 15 inches from the foundation
  • Be vigilant about repairing cracks in your foundation and keeping an eye out for mud tubes, bubbling paint, or any wood that might be hollow.
  • Even upon suspicion of a termite infestation, get us on the phone immediately.

Be sure to take advantage of our free termite consultation and inspection. We believe these services are key to getting the best deal for a professional termite management strategy. They can also ensure you are not paying for a service that is not necessary.

Our customer support works long hours to deliver the speediest response to termite service requests.

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