Can Termites Destroy A Home In Jacksonville?

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There are more than 2000 known termite species in the world. Every type of termite has its own unique features that make it stand out among the other species. However, they all have one thing in common: their ability to consume wood. If you have termites in your home, you will need the help of a skilled Jacksonville pest control specialist. At B&T Pest Control, we can help prevent termites from destroying your home. 

The Types Of Termites That Infest Jacksonville Homes

North Carolina is home to several different kinds of termites. The three termites that you are most likely to see around your Jacksonville home include:

  • Formosan termites: This species can cause a lot of damage to your wooden structures in a short amount of time. If you had a wooden 2x4 that was one foot long, a colony of Formosan termites would be able to consume the entire stick in just one week. 
  • Subterranean termites: The subterranean termite is, by far, the most destructive type of termite that is found in Jacksonville. This species lives underground in large colonies that are divided into three castes, which include the soldier, worker, and reproductive termites.
  • Drywood termites: Unlike the subterranean and the Formosan termite, the drywood termite does not like moist or damp wood. Instead, they enjoy consuming dry wood that you would usually find inside homes.

Because termites are so small, they are commonly mistaken for ants. However, if you take a closer look, you will see that these two insects look very different from each other. For instance, an ant's body is separated into three parts, and a termite is separated into two sections. Also, an ant may have two sets of wings, but the top wings will be a different size than the bottom wing. Termites also have two sets of wings, but both sets are the same size. 

The Extent Of Property Damage Termites Can Create

Termites may be small, but that does not stop them from causing a lot of damage to your home and your property, which could include damage to:

  • Structural wood in your home's framing
  • Wooden trim around doors and windows
  • Walls and floors in your home and other wooden structures
  • Wooden furniture

When a termite consumes the wood in your home, they usually start in hidden areas such as under your home, in between your walls, and in your attic. This means that you could have a full infestation before you ever start to notice any damage to your home.

Are DIY Termite Control Methods Effective?

Many retail stores will sell you chemicals, traps, and baits that promise to get rid of your termite problem for good. However, these DIY solutions rarely work. 

One of the main reasons why store-bought pest control solutions don't work is that they fail to address an entire infestation. In addition, in order to treat an infestation, you need to know what kind of termites you have and find the appropriate treatment for that type of termite as well as deploy the treatment correctly. A professional pest control company will have access to a wide range of products and methods that are more effective and not available in stores, and pest control professionals know how to use these treatments properly and safely. 

The Best Termite Control For Jacksonville Properties

If you are looking for a fast and simple way to total termite control on your Jacksonville property, give us a call today. At B&T Pest Control, we have the tools and skills to find and eliminate all termites from your property for good. Contact us to find out more about our termite control services.

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