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Termites

What are termites?

Termites are destructive pests in Asheboro that thrive in the hot, humid weather conditions that our area provides. Termites feed on cellulose which they forage from trees, logs, and wooden structures, including homes!

Termites are social creatures, living and working together in large groups. They divide their colonies into different castes, with each group having a specific job to ensure the colony's success.

Worker termites make up the majority of the colony. Their task is to gather food, maintain the nest, and care for the young termites. Reproductive termites make more termites, and soldier termites help guard the nest against danger.

Winged or flying termites are reproductive termites that "swarm" from a mature colony to find a mate and create a new nest and colony. 

Are termites dangerous?

Though one termite can't do much damage, thousands of termites working together will cause a lot of damage.

In addition to working together as a team, these pests are dangerous because they work in silence. Termites move through the soil and into the wood in our homes, without notice, for years on end.

Across the country, each year, termites cause more than five billion dollars in property damage and prevention costs. It isn't a matter of if termites will find their way into your home in our region, but rather when! Being proactive against termites with the help of a pest control expert is a must in our area.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termites travel through the damp soil in their search for food sources. Termites often accidentally end up in our North Carolina homes because their exterior walls make direct contact with the ground.

As termites are moving around your home's exterior, they enter homes through cracks in the foundation, damaged wooden trim, and pieces of structural wood making direct contact with the ground. Once inside, if they find suitable food sources, they will return every day to feed, causing structural damage to your home. 

Where will I find termites?

Termites in our area are most likely to nest outside in the ground, choosing locations with a lot of moisture. The more moisture there is, the easier it is for them to move through the soil. Termites can travel 400 feet from their nest in search of food; this means there doesn't have to be a termite nest on your property for termites to be a problem in your home!

When termites get into our homes, they spend their time gathering food. Favorite foraging sites for termites include the structural wood found under floors and behind walls. Since they thrive in high-moisture areas, structural wood near pipes, sinks, tubs, doors, and windows is most susceptible to damage by these wood-eating pests.

How do I get rid of termites?

With over 44 years in the pest control industry, trust Otho's Pest Management to protect your North Carolina home against damage by termites. We are a local pest control company in Asheboro that understands the unique pest control needs of homeowners in our region.

We know how troubling dealing with a termite infestation can be and will act fast to eliminate the infestation as quickly as possible. Our professionals will use specialized tools and effective treatments to eradicate your current termite infestation and provide the recurring services necessary to stop them from returning. To learn more about our termite control and prevention service, contact us today!

How can I prevent termites in the future?

Use the following strategies to prevent termites from taking over your property.

  • Schedule regular termite inspections.
  • Remove leaf and wood debris from your property.
  • Make sure your yard has good drainage so water isn't pooling on your property.
  • Eliminate as much wood to soil contact on your property and home.
  • Seal cracks in your foundation and repair damaged trim at the bottom of doors. 
  • Reduce moisture in your home by repairing leaky pipes, replacing leaky windows and doors, and using dehumidifiers.

To learn more about termite control services in North Carolina, reach out today!

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