Eastern and Formosan Subterranean Termites in the Lowcountry

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Hilton Head and Lowcountry homes are no strangers to termites!

If you live in Hilton Head, termites come with the territory. You know that termites can wreak havoc on your house before you even know they're there. However, there is a new subterranean termite to be aware of that is raising a lot of questions- Formosan Termites. This post will share everything you need to know about Eastern and Formosan Subterranean Termites in the Lowcountry.

Types of Termites in South Carolina

Subterranean termites are the most common termite found in South Carolina; these include Eastern and Formosan Subterranean Termites. While drywood and dampwood termites are also a factor, they are less common and cause less damage. Subterranean Termites infest homes from the ground up and quickly cause extensive, costly damage.

Why are Formosan Termites causing so much worry?

The size of a Formosan Termite colony is ten times larger than an Eastern Subterranean Termite colony. The vast size of the colony means more damage in a shorter time. A mature Formosan termite colony can be anywhere from 350,000 to two million workers and cause structural damage in a matter of months.

How do I tell the difference between Eastern Subterranean and Formosan termites?

  • Eastern Subterranean Termites are a translucent gray/brown with longer bodies, heads, and pinchers.

  • Formosan Termites are a translucent orange with a longer body, shorter head, and short pinchers.

  • Both sets of termites can have wings and resemble flying ants.

Ants vs. Termites

Carpenter ants are commonly mistaken for termites. You can tell the difference between the two by looking at their antenna and wings. Termites have symmetrical wings, while ants' wings are different sizes. An ant's antenna is curved, whereas termites are straight. Ants also have a thinner torso, while a termite's body stays solid.

Identifying Termite Activity in Your Lowcountry Home

There are a few things to look for when determining if there is termite activity in your home. These can include:

  • Hollow-sounding wood.

  • Small, pinpoint holes in drywall.

  • Loose tiles or buckling floorboards.

  • Peeling paint.

A termite swarm is the most visible sign of termites in your home. If termites swarm, it means that there is a well-established colony either in or near your home.

South Carolina Homeowners Insurance Doesn't Cover Termite Damage

The cost of termite damage to homes amounts to more money annually than damage from natural disasters. Unfortunately, most homeowners insurance does not cover damages from termites in South Carolina. This is why it pays to have your home protected before termites become an issue.

How do I protect my home from termites in the Lowcountry?

The best way to make sure your home is protected is to hire a professional. There are different options to protect your home from termites. These can include baiting systems or treatments. You may also want to consider a termite bond, which acts as a warranty that offers termite protection and may include repairs when needed.

Professional Termite Protection in Hilton Head and the Lowcountry

Hilton Head Exterminators has been protecting homes from termites for over 50 years. We evaluate each home individually and discuss the best protection products with builders and homeowners. At Hilton Head Exterminators, we want the best protection for you! Along with the best termite control and protection, we also offer termite warranties. Contact us for a free estimate, and let us help you protect your Lowcountry home from termites in Hilton Head and surrounding areas.