If you grew up in North Carolina, you might assume that the entire country has to deal with termite control and damage. However, that isn’t the case. There are several main types of termites found in the United States. These species are thriving in North Carolina while the northernmost states don’t even have to worry about termites. Learn more about the habits of termites and why you need to protect your North Carolina home.
When it comes to understanding why termites thrive in NC, it all comes down to climate. Termite colonies can freeze in harsh winter weather, which keeps them towards the southern US. The warm climate and short, mild winters make NC the perfect place for termites, which is why it is one of the states with the highest reports of termite activity and damage.
Different Kinds of Termites in NC
NC is home to three species of termites: Subterranean, Formosan, and Drywood, Subterranean termites are known for borrowing tunnels or mud tubes through wood and other cellulose-based materials. Their powerful jaws can bite through wood as they work to find sources of food and water and protect themselves. They are constantly eating wood, which means that they can significantly damage a home before you even suspect there is a problem.
Formosan termites build their nests above the ground and dig tunnels in attics and walls. They are the most destructive type of termite because they work quickly. Within six months, they can bring down an entire home.
Drywood termites aren’t drastically different from their cousins. They also eat through wood and quietly cause damage. Usually, the first sign of Drywood termites is fecal matter along window and door sills. You may also see winged termites that play an important role in the reproductive process.
No matter the species, NC termites will look for places in your home where there is moisture and/or exposed wood. That is why it is important to have a termite prevention and control plan in place. You don’t want to wait until you see signs of damage to take action.
If you need help with termite and pest control, call the experts at PMi Pest Management. Our technicians can make sure that you have a proactive plan in place that will keep termites away.