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Termite Facts and How Cayce Exterminating Can Help

Termites are a huge problem here in South Carolina. Every year they cause thousands of dollars of damage to many people’s biggest asset – their homes. This spring (2015) we’ve had an increase in calls about termites so we wanted to highlight some of the facts and how Cayce Exterminating can help you with any termite problems.

Termites in timber

Termite Facts:

  • There are around 4,000 termite species worldwide with around 50 in North America. Here in the Midlands of South Carolina, we only have to worry about Eastern Subterranean Termites.
  • Each year, termites cause more damage nationwide than all natural disasters combined – more than wind, hail, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.
  •  We have seen an increase in termite activity in 2015 by the number of “swarmer calls” we’ve received this spring. This is when homeowners see flying termites (commonly mistaken for ants) coming out of their walls, trim, floors, etc. Often, this is the first sign that you have termites.
  • You may have termites for years before you ever see a swarming termite as it is dependent on the maturity of the colony.
  • The termite queen can live up to 50 years and produces tens of thousands of eggs a day!

How Cayce Exterminating can help:

  • Cayce Exterminating offers lifetime, renewable termite warranties. This means that as long as you keep your house and pay the renewal payment, you can continue the warranty. Not all pest control companies offer this service. Some of our competitors offer only 5 or 10 year renewable warranties that you have to start over at the end of the warranty period. Make sure you check what type of termite warranty you have on your house!
  • Cayce Exterminating can prevent and stop termites in their tracks. If you do have termite damage, we do home repairs and fix it up as if it was brand new.
  • Cayce Exterminating does free inspections and estimates.
  • We have competitive rates.
  • Cayce Exterminating uses the latest termite pest control technology and techniques such as Termidor and Advance Termite Baiting System.
  • New construction termite pre-treatments are also available so if you’re building your dream home, you can prevent termites and save your investment.

Don’t wait until the termites alert you to a problem. Call us for a free inspection and estimate. It’s always better to catch a potential problem before it becomes more expensive. You can call us at 803-796-BUGS (2847) with questions or concerns. We’ve written many other articles about termites that you may also find helpful:

Swarming Termites – What You Need to Know
Termite Damage versus Water Damage
Protecting your Home from Termite Damage
Termite Control – What You Need to Know

Remember, at Cayce Exterminating, Your Pest is Our Problem!

Swarming Termites – What You Need to Know

Termite swarmers are one of four types of termites in a colony. A termite colony includes:

  • Workers – these do all the heavy lifting from foraging for food to building tunnels and nests.
  • Soldiers – they do exactly what their names suggests – protect the colony against predators, who are most likely ants.
  • Swarmers are the “alates” of the colony and leave the nest in droves in hopes of starting their own colonies elsewhere as future kings and queens.
  • Kings and Queens – their job is to reproduce rapidly – the queen can produce 20,000 to 30,000 eggs a day with the potential life span of 50 years!

Seeing termite swarmers most likely means there is a larger termite colony problem somewhere close by. Left undetected or ignored, the termite queen can produce millions and millions of termites in her 50 year lifespan! “Wood” you believe that?!

South Carolina’s most prevalent termite is the Eastern Subterranean Termite and this species is known for its swarmers. Extremely harmful to your home’s structural integrity, the eastern subterranean swarmer is black and around 3/8 inch long from the head to the tip of the wings. They swarm early in the year beginning in mid-February through March and can been seen throughout the day, especially after a humid rain. Look for evidence of dead or dried swarmers or their wings in or around window sills, spider webs, or in your porch or deck lights. If you notice swarmers, contact Cayce Exterminating immediately as this is an indication that there is a much larger colony nearby that could be destroying your home.
termite-flying-ant-comparison
Many people confuse flying ants with swarming termites. Here are a few tips in distinguishing the two:

  1. Does the winged insect have a two segment body or three segment body? If the answer is three, you have flying ants. If it’s two, this is a termite swarmer.
  2. Look at the size of their wings. Flying ants have shorter wings that are wider at the tip. Termites’ wings are shorter and the same width throughout – not great for flying.
  3. Flying ants have longer legs, angled antennae and veined wings.

While neither ants nor termites are ideal house guests, termites will cause much more destruction and damage than a winged ant. If you suspect you have swarming termites, don’t hesitate and call the pest control pros Cayce Exterminating right away. 803-796-BUGS (2847). Your pest, OUR problem.

Termite Damage versus Water Damage

Have you noticed damage to your wood in your home or business? Unsure if it’s water or termite damage? Here are a few photos from recent Cayce Exterminating jobs that show the difference.

Termite Damage versus water damage

Termite damaged book

Termite damaged book

termite damaged book

Termite damaged book

Water damage to subfloor

Water damage to bath subfloor due to leaking shower

Water damaged subfloor

Water damage to bath subfloor due to leaking shower

Cayce Exterminating can repair termite damage and water damage to your home or business. Contact us today for a free quote!

Your Treatment Options for Termites: An Interview with David Day of Cayce Exterminating

David Day, owner of Cayce Exterminating, was recently featured on SouthCarolinaHomes.com discussing treatment options for termites. You’ll find the full article in the link below.

Check out my interview, Your Treatment Options For Termites on South Carolina Homes For Sale, one of the top sites for South Carolina homes for sale, including Anderson, SC homes for sale. South Carolina Homes For Sale also services North Carolina homes for sale and Florida real estate.

Protecting Your Home From Termite Damage

In the Southeastern USA, termite damage has been cited as the number one destroyer of homes and other building structures more than fires, floods and hurricanes. Termites can easily make a meal of any wooden structure, causing it to become unsafe quickly. Many homeowners don’t realize their property has suffered termite damage until it has progressed to the point of needing expensive repairs. However, there are ways of protecting your property from the ravages of termites.

How do I know if my home has termites?

This is a question Cayce Exterminating hears often. While it takes the trained eyes of an experienced termite technician to determine the nature and extent of termites present, there are a few signs of termite damage you may notice as a homeowner.

Termite swarms in the warmer spring months. One of the reasons we get called out to homes in the early months of the year is due to termite swarms. This happens when the termite colony has matured and releases “swarmers” or secondary reproductives to mate and begin a new colony. The newly winged termites may swarm out of walls or trim when they sense the warmth of spring. This may be a sure sign that you have a deeper termite infestation that needs prompt treatment.

Small holes in walls, window frames, and floors. Subterranean Termites are fairly small in size, and travel by “mud tunnels” that are rarely seen. They can remove the wood from behind paint or the paper in drywall, leaving only the paint intact. If you spot new holes or indentions in drywall, wallpaper, or interior trim you may be seeing an exit or entry point for these voracious eaters. Don’t try to patch the holes before you get an inspection as you may be hiding a larger problem.

Sagging wood beams and uneven floors. If you start to notice floors or beams sagging in your home, don’t wait to call Cayce Exterminating for a FREE inspection. This may be an indication of an active infestation and structural damage. Not only can your home be treated to eliminate the termites but repairs can be made by a licensed builder to restore the damage caused by termites.

The only proven way to protect your home from costly termite damage is to hire a reputable and licensed Pest Management Company. By performing an effective treatment and regular inspections, your home can be termite free for many years. For Peace of Mind, call Cayce Exterminating for a Termite Protection Plan today. Let Your Pest be Our Problem.

Termite Control – What You Need To Know

Termites are a group of insect that mostly feed on dead plant material and live in colonies that range from several hundred to several million. While they are essential to our ecosystem, in the United States they pose a severe threat to the structure of your home. If left untreated, termites can silently damage your home costing you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in structural repairs and severely reduce the resale value your real-estate.

What do termites look like?

While people often confuse termites for ants, they are only distantly related to ants. In addition, it can be hard to tell the difference between termites and winged ants, but there are telltale signs that can help make the job easier.

Winged Ants – have a narrow waist and body that is divided up into three distinct segments. Winged ants have two pairs of unevenly sized wings, and their antennae are bent into an elbow shape.

Termites – have extremely large wings compared to their body size. The wings are also evenly sized. Termites have no waist and their bodies are the same width along their length. Finally, termites have generally straight antennae. Termite workers look a lot like ants except they have translucent or white bodies with no waist.

Types of Termites

• Dampwood Termites
• Drywood Termites
• Formosan Termites
• Subterranean Termites

Termite Damage

Homes constructed of wood are most susceptible to termite damage; however, termites are also capable of traversing plaster, metal siding, concrete and more. They’ll feed on your furniture, cabinets, wooden floors or any other wooden structure once inside your home.

Termite Inspection

Termite inspections are performed by a termite control specialist who looks for visible signs of infestation and termite damage. In addition to identifying termite activity, your termite control specialist should indicate areas in or around the home that can be conducive to termite activity. These areas include standing water on the roof or around the foundation, wood mulch close to the foundation, and wooden deck supports that touch the soil. They also look for discarded wings, wood damage and termite exit holes.

Termite Treatment

• Termite Bait Stations – This treatment includes liquid treatment at infestation sites, plus termite monitoring stations strategically placed around the home. If termites are found in the monitoring stations, your pest exterminator will replace the monitoring stations with termite bait stations. Termites ingest the bait, carry it back to the colony which leads to effective termite control.
• Termite Fumigation – This treatment provides termite control to the entire area of your home. Your home is covered with a tent like structure and then gas is pumped into your home or business for full penetration of the entire area. Termite fumigation is generally recommended when multiple colonies have been found within a structure. This type of termite control should only be performed by a highly trained termite specialist.
• Liquid Treatment- This treatment involves placing a chemical treated zone around the foundation of the structure to prevent termites from entering building.

Termite Warranty

A termite warranty is a legal agreement between the homeowner and termite control company. A termite warranty outlines the frequency and type of termite treatment. In addition, it may include retreatment and repair guarantees at no additional charge. In most cases, the terms of the termite bond state that a pest management professional will inspect the home on a regular basis (usually quarterly or annually, depending on the treatment provided) and provide additional treatment, when needed.

Termite Treatment Cost

Termite treatment and cost depend entirely on the size of your home and the degree of termite infestation. If subterranean termites are found, the termite control specialist will remove the tubes (the termite “gateway” into your home) and then drill down around the foundation about every 12 inches, and inject an organic pesticide into the holes. The holes are then filled, and the site is monitored by termite monitoring stations that placed around the home to check for re-infestation.