The Best Termite Control Solution For Your Holly Springs Home

September 15, 2022

Do you remember the first day you walked into your new house? You were probably overwhelmed with moving in, but there was a feeling of satisfaction because you were a homeowner. Purchasing a home is a monumental achievement; years of saving, planning, and working hard culminate in owning your own home. The last thing you need is termites damaging your investment. 

If you suspect termites or want to protect your hard-earned investment, you need our Holly Springs pest control team from Ready Pest Solutions. We have over thirty years of experience in the pest control industry with the tools and knowledge to eliminate termites in your Holly Springs home. 

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The Life Cycle Of Common Termites

Holly Springs is home to the eastern subterranean termite. Each colony has a queen and king producing eggs daily. In addition to the king and queen, each nest has workers, soldiers, and reproductive termites. The workers care for the eggs while the soldier termites protect the colony. 

After two weeks, the eggs hatch, and nymphs emerge. During the next two weeks, the workers feed the larvae until they shed their skin (molt) and become soldiers, workers, or reproductives. Reproductives are termites that leave the nest in the spring and begin new nests where they become the king and queen and continue the life cycle in a new colony. 

Why Termites Infest And Destroy Wooden Structures

Termites derive water and nutrients from wood. The eastern subterranean termite, a type of termite in Holly Springs, builds its nest in the ground where it gets moisture. Wood in contact with the soil is often soft and rotting, making it a prime feeding ground for these termites. If no wood contacting the ground is nearby, eastern subterranean termites construct mud tubes along the home's foundation. These tubes enable termite travel between the dirt and wood targets without being dehydrated by the sun. 

Eastern subterranean termites in Holly Springs have a ferocious appetite for the cellulose in wood. Outside the home, they eat rotting tree stumps, old roots, and tree branches rotting on the ground. Although rare, they will eat the roots of trees and shrubs. These termites consume structural wood, books, cotton, and other wood-related products inside the house. 

When they eat wood boards, they consume them from the inside out, giving the homeowner the impression that the wood is solid when it is actually hollow. Signs of termites in the home include wood that sounds hollow when tapped and produces crunching sounds under pressure. 

Factors That Can Attract Termites To Your Home

Food and moisture attract termites in your home. Unlike drywood termites, the location of the eastern subterranean termite primary colony is in the yard, usually in an old tree stump. In the spring, reproductive termites leave the nest in swarms searching for new nest locations, often at a nearby house or yard. 

When searching for a new location for a colony, reproductives look for a combination of wood and high moisture content in areas like:

  • Crawl spaces
  • Basements
  • Attics
  • Firewood

Poorly ventilated crawl spaces, attics, and basements will develop soft, fungus-ridden wood. This type of wood produces an odor attracting the reproductives. Firewood stored on the ground creates another potential nesting site for the termites. Areas in the basement, walls or the crawl space with leaking water pipes appeal to eastern subterranean termites.

The Stress-Free Way To Total Termite Protection For Your Home

The best way to stop termites in your Holly Springs house is to obtain the help of the termite specialist near you, Ready Pest Solutions. We will inspect your property, develop a custom strategy, and implement the best pest control solution to get rid of termites in your Holly Spring home. Contact us to request your free inspection and protect your hard-earned investment,  your home. 

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