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Warm winter brings early termite problems

Posted April 2, 2012

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— Termites – those tiny bugs that look like white ants – play a very important role in the ecosystem, but many homeowners know them as pests that can cause extensive damage to homes and other buildings.

Exterminators say the mild winter has resulted in increased service requests about swarming termites.

"People will wake up in the morning and have thousands of termites inside the house," said Jess Rehm with Triangle Pest Control.

Most pest control companies will do a free inspection of homes for termite problems. If they find a problem, the cost for treatment can start at approximately $1,000.

Rehm says it's not cheap, but it is a small price to pay.

"They do a ton of damage, and if they're on your house for a long time, they can lead you to even bigger expenses," Rehm said.

Experts with the state of North Carolina estimate that more than $2 billion is spent each year to control or prevent termite infestation.


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  • bubbasu12 Apr 3, 2012

    Much less expensive if you practice prevention and have your home inspected/treated on regular basis. I have been with the same company for 13 years ( Whitco). They insepct annually and treat to prevent infestations. Never had a problem . Well worth the $$ in the long run. Unlike the neighbor who had to replace a whole exterior wall and windows thanks to termites.

  • jeff27577 Apr 2, 2012

    i agree with bugman. most companies price it according to sq ft of the house or area to be treated. most, average, sub 1500 sq ft houses can be treated for as little as 600$.

    ad i also agree about the triangle pc company...always on wral.

  • bugman27522 Apr 2, 2012

    $1000.00 is on the high side of pricing. I know a few companies that do great work and for less( depending on the construction of the house). Triangle pest control must have friends at WRAL, anytime there is a story dealing with pest control they have all the answers that WRAL is looking for. LOL