Have you noticed small insects in your home that you suspect might be termites? You need to find out right away if these wood-destroying insects have invaded your home. LowCountry Contractors performs termite damage repair in Isle of Palms, SC for affected homeowners. As licensed contractors, we'll work closely with local entomologists and structural engineers to properly repair termite damage.
Contact LowCountry Contractors at the first sign of termites. We offer wood rot repair services in your community.
When we restore a home, we don't simply put new boards over the damaged area. The crew at Low Country Contractors will take direction from an engineer so that we build your home back correctly. This attention to detail makes our termite damage repair service a step above the rest. Our team will:
The Formosan Subterranean Termite, Coptotermes Formosanus, became established in the Charleston area in the mid-1950s. Over the last few decades, it has become the dominant species of subterranean termite in the region.
They are categorized as a subterranean termite because of their behavior and the fact that they use the soil as their primary source of moisture. Their colonies can become very large ranging from 5 to 7 million insects per colony with multiple colonies per acre. Each mature colony has the potential of producing 70,000 swarmers/alates each spring. These swarmers can fly onto structures and create aerial infestations with no ground contact if there is a sufficient above-ground moisture source. All Formosan ground-based infestations will eventually create an above-ground nest.
Formosans are also considered an arboreal termite species, meaning they will infest and build nests in live trees. They are a very aggressive species and are very adept at finding above-ground moisture sources. They will build their nests above ground in trees in structures typically made from fecal material, saliva, wood, and soil and commonly referred to as a carton nest.
When encountering above-ground activity during a repair, the challenge is in identifying all areas of possible activity/damage and determining the original source of the infestation. Special attention is given to following all visible evidence of activity until it ends. Eliminating all above-ground moisture sources is also a critical component in controlling an existing infestation.
Unfortunately, the Formosan is a very resilient species and any activity remaining above ground in a structure may continue to survive for a long time if left undisturbed. If enough insects are present, one of the termites may develop into an auxiliary/secondary reproductive and begin laying eggs, potentially creating a new colony. In some situations, it may not be possible to find all areas of hidden activity hidden within a structure. The hidden activity can continue in those areas if left undisturbed and untreated.
We have extensive experience working with local expert entomologists and structural engineers, so we know how to carefully repair damage caused by termites to your home. If you see any signs of termites or damage, call us for a free inspection.
Note: Termite statistics listed above provided by Palmetto Exterminators, Inc.