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Termites

North Carolina homeowners must contend with both subterranean and drywood termites. Both species consume large amounts of wood and cellulose, causing thousands of dollars in damage to wood structures. Both types of termites swarm when the colony becomes overpopulated, and homeowners often find signs of a new colony through the discovery of termite wings on the property. Using bait stations has become a popular method of keeping termites from feeding on the wood framing of homes, but only Wayne County and Duplin County termite control experts can place these bait stations properly and monitor them correctly.   Arrest-A-Pest Offers Professional Baited Termite Treatment   Subterranean Termites   The queen termite lays all of the eggs in the termite colony. She and the soldier termites depend on the workers to supply the nest with wood. The colony itself is underground and difficult for homeowners to detect. Many of the pesticides used in earlier decades are now banned. These chemicals are dangerous not only to people and pets but also to the neighborhood water system. Contaminated water travels from the nest site horizontally to other properties and this spreading accelerates after a heavy rain.   Mud tubes are one of the signs that a subterranean termite colony is on the property. The termites construct these tunnels to connect their home to the food supply. Expert termite exterminators can locate these mud tubes and set up bait stations in the appropriate areas around the home’s foundation. After a time the worker termites will notice the detector stations and mark it with a special pheromone. This signals a new food source and eventually other workers in the colony will be attracted to the bait container. The container is full of wood that is appealing to the termites and after several weeks of feeding a special pesticide is added. This kills the worker termites and causes starvation among the remaining colony members.   Drywood Termites   This species lives in the wood itself. If a colony establishes a nest inside the walls of a house a great deal of wood can be consumed in very little time. North Carolina homeowners who notice warping of the walls or cracks developing in the sheetrock are encouraged to contact a Duplin and Wayne County termite control specialist immediately. Careful placement of detector stations by professionals may be the best way to rid the home of these invasive pests.   It is extremely difficult for most homeowners to free their property from termites without professional help. The cost of setting up bait stations is far less than the price of major structural damage. Many homeowners in North Carolina are now equipping their property with termite detector stations placed around the perimeter of the foundation. These act as a type of monitoring tool that pest control specialists check regularly for signs of an invasion.