What’s small, nearly invisible, and loves to chew on the structure of your home? That’s right, termites. There are, in fact, two types of termites that are most prominent in the United States: dry wood termites and subterranean termites. In Wilmington, North Carolina, it’s the subterranean mites that prove to be the biggest threat to home and business owners. Unfortunately, these termites can prove to be more difficult to detect than dry wood termites. But, how can you notice these eerie insects before it’s too late? How can they be stopped?

Termite Control in Wilmington, North Carolina

Here’s how you can catch the first signs of a termite invasion before it’s too late:

1. The Appearance of Mud-Like Material Surrounding the Building Structure

Subterranean termites are less obvious than dry wood termites, dwelling underground in an array of tunnels and holes, which makes them more difficult to be found. However, even when you can’t physically see any termites, looking for a mud-like material surrounding wooden beams or other parts of the building structure is one way to locate these pesky termites before they can do any serious damage.

2. Swarmers

If you see what looks like tiny flying ants swarming around the structure of your building, this is a definite sign of that there may be termites hanging out. But how can you tell if these flying insects are termites, or simply flying ants?

There are a few ways to tell flying termites apart from flying ants. Both have four wings, but termite wings are uniform and ants have one pair of larger wings and one pair of smaller wings. Subterranean swarmer termites have a straight pair of antennae, while flying ants have bent antennae. In addition to seeing flying termites, if you notice multiple pairs of insect wings near your home, check to see if they are identical in size. This is a serious indication that your home or business has termites.  

3. A Scent Similar to Mold or Mildew

Because mold and mildew are known to grow in dark, moist environments much like termites, the presence of these micro-organisms are a good indicator that there may also be termites present. Since these termites use their saliva to build their tunnels and make their way through rotting wood, the scent of mold and mildew and the scent of termites can be very similar. Whether what you’re smelling is mold, mildew, or mites, it’s always a good idea to check it out.

4. Buckling Wood

Oftentimes, we don’t think twice about that creaky panel of wood right by our staircase. However, this could be a sign of termite damage. If the wood is cracking under your feet, or showing signs of quick deterioration, it is important to have an exterminator come and check it out. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Brunswick Pest Control

Brunswick Pest Control will protect your business or home from the damages termites can cause. Our termite treatments prevent the risk of a termite infestation in your home or property. Brunswick Pest Control’s friendly exterminators will stop at nothing to protect your home or business against a termite attack. For more information about Brunswick’s termite control in Wilmington, North Carolina, contact us at (910) 457-4444.