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Eastern subterranean termites

Eastern subterranean termites are a significant concern for homeowners in the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill areas. These tiny yet destructive insects are responsible for billions of dollars in property damage annually across the United States. Understanding the threat they pose and taking proactive measures to prevent infestations is crucial for safeguarding your home. At Innovative Pest Solutions, we emphasize the importance of regular inspections and effective treatments to protect your property from these silent invaders.

The Threat of Eastern Subterranean Termites

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Eastern subterranean termites (Reticulitermes flavipes) are the most common and widely distributed termite species in the United States. They thrive in moist environments, making the humid climate of North Carolina ideal for their colonies. These termites build intricate underground networks, often extending up to 150-200 feet, to forage for food. Their primary diet consists of cellulose, which they obtain from wood and other plant materials. This makes the wooden structures of homes particularly vulnerable to their relentless feeding habits.

Types of Damage Caused by Termites

The damage caused by eastern subterranean termites can be extensive and costly. Unlike other pests, termites work silently and often go unnoticed until significant damage has been done. Here are some of the common types of damage they can inflict:

  1. Structural Damage: Termites feed on the wooden framework of homes, compromising the structural integrity of beams, joists, and supports. This can lead to sagging floors, weakened walls, and in severe cases, the collapse of the building.
  2. Cosmetic Damage: Termite infestations can ruin the aesthetic appeal of your home. They create unsightly holes, tunnels, and mud tubes in walls, floors, and ceilings.
  3. Furniture Damage: Wooden furniture is also at risk. Termites can hollow out pieces of furniture, leaving only a thin veneer, which can cause items to break unexpectedly.
  4. Insulation Damage: Termites can damage the insulation in walls and attics, reducing its effectiveness and leading to higher energy bills.

Check out this YouTube video from our channel showing termite damage in a home that is just 2 years old. It’s never too early to get your home inspected!

The Importance of Professional Inspections

Given the hidden nature of termite damage, it is essential to have your home inspected by a professional pest control company like Innovative Pest Solutions. Our trained technicians have the expertise to identify signs of termite activity that may not be visible to the untrained eye. Here are some reasons why professional inspections are vital:

  1. Early Detection: Regular inspections can catch termite infestations in their early stages, preventing extensive damage and reducing repair costs.
  2. Comprehensive Assessment: Our professionals conduct thorough inspections, checking all potential entry points, including basements, crawl spaces, and attics.
  3. Accurate Identification: We can accurately identify termite species, ensuring that the most effective treatment methods are used.
  4. Tailored Solutions: Based on the inspection findings, we provide customized treatment plans to address your specific needs.

Innovative Pest Solutions’ Approach to Termite Control

Innovative Pest Solutions founder, Kevin, drilling termite holes for a customer.
Our founder, Kevin, providing termite control for a customer

At Innovative Pest Solutions, we utilize Termidor, a highly effective termiticide, to protect your home from eastern subterranean termites. Termidor is renowned for its superior performance in creating a protective barrier around your property. Here’s how our treatment process works:

  1. Inspection and Assessment: Our process begins with a detailed inspection of your property to identify the extent of the termite infestation and potential entry points.
  2. Treatment Application: We apply Termidor around the perimeter of your home. This liquid treatment is carefully injected into the soil, creating a continuous barrier that protects your home.
  3. Non-Repellent Action: Unlike other treatments, Termidor is a non-repellent termiticide. Termites are unaware of its presence, allowing them to come into contact with the treated area and carry the active ingredient back to their colony. This leads to the elimination of the entire colony, not just the termites that come into direct contact with the treatment.
  4. Long-Lasting Protection: Termidor provides long-lasting protection against termites. Once applied, it remains effective for many years, ensuring your home remains termite-free.
  5. Follow-Up Inspections: We schedule follow-up inspections to monitor the effectiveness of the treatment and ensure that your home remains protected.

In the video below, our founder Kevin will walk you through a termite inspection, and some things you can be looking out for as well.

Why Choose Innovative Pest Solutions?

Choosing us for your termite control needs offers several advantages:

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  1. Experience and Expertise: With years of experience in the pest control industry, our team has the knowledge and skills to handle termite infestations effectively.
  2. Advanced Treatment Methods: We use the latest and most effective treatment methods, like Termidor, to ensure comprehensive protection for your home.
  3. Commitment to Quality: Our commitment to excellence means we go above and beyond to provide the highest quality service, ensuring your satisfaction and peace of mind.
  4. Local Knowledge: As a local company with over 20 years of experience, we understand the unique challenges posed by termites in the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill areas. Our solutions are tailored to meet the specific needs of our community.
  5. Customer-Centric Approach: We prioritize our customers’ needs and work diligently to exceed their expectations. Our friendly and professional team is always ready to assist you with any concerns or questions.


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Eastern subterranean termites pose a significant threat to homes in the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill areas. The damage they cause can be extensive and costly, making it crucial to have regular professional inspections and effective treatments. At Innovative Pest Solutions, we are dedicated to protecting your home from these silent invaders. Our use of Termidor ensures a robust defense against termites, providing long-lasting protection and peace of mind. Don’t wait until it’s too late—contact us today to schedule your termite inspection and safeguard your home from hidden damage.