Termite Concerns in the Springtime
By Vic Hainline • Truly Nolen Pest Control
Charleston, in the springtime, is an amazing place. The flowers are in bloom, temperatures are perfect for the beach, everyone is out enjoying the weather, and unfortunately, termites begin their annual swarm. There are eight different species of termites that call the Lowcountry home, and two of them are a serious risk for homeowners.
The Eastern Subterranean and Formosan Subterranean termites live throughout the entire area. Both of these species can establish a colony in the ground. Formosan termites can create a nest inside a structure, enabling them to do damage more quickly. A termite colony can contain between 20,000 and 5 million termites!
They are definitely not something for a “do-it-yourselfer” to try and manage. Finding a pest professional with experience with these difficult pests is essential. Prevention is the key, with ongoing inspection and treatment to help keep costly repairs from occurring in the first place.
Signs of termites homeowners might see include termite swarmers, piles of shed wings, changes to trim and boards, pinholes in drywall, and mud-like shelter tubes. If you see any of these, please contact a professional immediately for an inspection.
Termite control is essentially a partnership between the homeowner and pest management professional. The company treats and inspects regularly, and the homeowner can assist by eliminating water issues and wood-to-ground contact and notifying their termite control provider of any changes to construction in or around the home.
Vic Hainline is the owner of Truly Nolen – West Ashley