We dislike bugs and pests for a variety of reasons. Some are dangerous to our health, some are venomous and some are just plain creepy. But one of the most financially crippling pests out there is the termite.
These wood-eaters are drawn to our homes and wood piles, and can cause immense amounts of damage if unchecked. Not only can this damage be costly to repair, it could potentially damage the physical infrastructure of your home, making it unsafe to live in.
North Carolina, in particular, is home to the subterranean termite. These pests live in the ground and are not always noticeable right away. They can easily sneak into a home and begin devouring essential wood structures.
However, there are a few telltale signs that a termite has made your house its next meal:
If you see either of these telltale signs, it might be time to call an exterminator.
If you're concerned about potential termite infection, there are preventative steps you can take to make your home less enticing to these pests.
"I do use Moxie [Pest Control] for termite prevention," John Wipper said. "I live in a new house that was built in 2018, so I have never had any issues with termites [or termite] damage or experience in that regard. For me it's just a prevention thing."
The Moxie team uses the Sentricon prevention system to kill termites and draw them away from your home. This system utilizes small plastic stations that are implanted in the ground and filled with bait. The bait attracts termites, who bring it back to the colony. This bait is specially formulated to prevent the termites from molting and maturing, ensuring the death of the colony. The Sentricon system only needs yearly checkups and the bait is safe to be around children and pets.
"Overall, my experience has been very positive," Wipper said. "They do a good job of explaining what they are treating and why, and always answer questions."
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