Termites are one of the worst pests homeowners can have to deal with. Termites can cause damage to the structure of your home that’s costly to repair. Living in North Carolina, there are two primary types of termites homeowners may encounter: the Eastern subterranean termite and the Formosan subterranean termite. Both species live underground in colonies.

There are four major signs to warn you that you may have a termite problem.  The first one is visible mud tubes.  While the species in North Carolina live underground, they come to the surface to infest a structure via mud tubes. If you see mud tubes near the ground on your home or accessory structures, call our team right away.

A second sign of termite activity is swarming. Termites swarm when their colony is at capacity and they are looking to begin a new colony. If you see termites flying around your property, it’s a sign a large colony is somewhere nearby.

Termites shed their wings after swarming, making discarded wings a third indication that you need a termite inspection and possibly treatment right away.

The last sign that you may have a termite problem is weakened, brittle wood around your house. Damaged wood can appear after termites have feasted on it; they seek and consume cellulose, which is the main component found in wood.

It’s better to find a termite problem before they do damage to your home.  Knowing these 4 warning signs of an infestation in order to stop the problem in its tracks.

If you discover any signs of termites in or around your home, get professionals involved as soon as possible. Call May Exterminating and we will conduct a thorough inspection of your home and property to assess the issue and determine the best treatment plan.

Once we have exterminated any termites, we will be happy to return in the future for inspections to make sure termites do not reinhabit your home. A thorough inspection should be completed at least once a year to prevent and manage pest problems.