Protecting Your South Carolina Home During Termite Season
March 15, 2021
While some South Carolina pests are only active during certain times of the year, termites are unfortunately active throughout every season. This is a big issue as termites are one of the most destructive pests, eating through wooden structures around your property and causing thousands of dollars in damage.
The other big concern with termites is that they are a difficult pest to spot. You could have a termite infestation for months before you notice it because termites are usually out of sight.
While termites are active year-round, termite season is the period from about March to October when you’re more likely to notice termite activity. This time of year is when termite swarmers, which are the termites responsible for reproduction, leave the nest to start new colonies. This means you’re more likely to see a termite during these months. You can identify termite swarmers by their dark brown to black coloring and their long translucent wings.
How Much Damage Can Termites Do?
The amount of destruction a termite infestation will cause varies a lot depending on how bad the infestation gets. The longer these termites are living in your home or business, the more damage they can do. On average, a termite infestation will cost about $3,000 in repairs, but this number could be much higher.
If you can identify a termite infestation early on, you’re more likely to save money and avoid extensive damage. Termite swarms are often the first and most visible sign of an infestation, but you can also look for signs such as buckling floorboards, tightly fitting doors and windows, or listen for a clicking sound coming from the inside of walls.
Some Tips For Preventing Termites
The overall best way to save time, money, and stress that termites threaten is by focusing on prevention. Termites can be difficult to deter, but you can reduce the likelihood of them getting into your home by reducing access points and moisture issues around your property.
Here are some of the best ways to make your South Carolina home less hospitable to termites:
- Keep termites from coming inside by installing a barrier between the foundation of the house and the soil.
- Reduce excess humidity by fixing leaky pipes and faucets and using dehumidifiers in problem areas.
- Always store firewood at least 30 feet away from the exterior of the building. Make sure it is stacked neatly and kept dry.
- Throw away any water damaged wood from your yard or inside of your home.
- Get rid of any decaying organic material from the lawn including leaf piles and grass clippings.
Protecting Your Home From Termites Year-Round
While you can take some steps on your own to deter termites, the best and most affordable way to protect your home from termites is with help from the experts at Jury Pest Services. We have over 70 years of experience providing residential pest control, and our services will keep termite infestations from ever becoming a problem. Instead of wasting time and money trying to handle termites on your own, let us take care of the issue for you.
If you’ve noticed termite swarmers or other signs of termites around your property, it’s important to get professional pest control assistance right away. Give us a call at (803) 792-4809 to request your inspection. You can also send us a message online to find out more.