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Quick Facts

  • Are the most important wood-destroying insect in South Carolina
  • Consume wood 24/7/365
  • Avoid detection by eating wood from the inside out
  • Can infest homes and buildings for a long time before termite damage becomes evident
  • Termite damage is not often covered by homeowners insurance


Termites are social insects that live in colonies in the soil. Colonies consist of workers, soldiers and reproductive (winged termites).

What do termites look like?

The termites you are most likely to see are the cream colored workers. They are the ones that infest homes and businesses foraging for food. You may also see reproductives when they swarm. A termite swarm is when the dark colored, winged termites take flight to find a mate and start a new colony.

Termite habits and behaviors

  • Subterranean termites live below ground. They travel between their colony and a food source via mud tubes (also called tunnels).

  • Swarming termites inside your structure is a sure sign of an active termite population inside. A swarm outside tells you that a termite colony is nearby. That does not necessarily they are already a problem inside your dwelling.

  • Termites cause more damage than hurricanes, fires and tornadoes combined.

Are termites dangerous?

To people and pets there is not a direct threat from termites. The same does not hold true for structures. Termite experts estimate that termite damage to homes in the U.S. exceeds one billion dollars each year.

Does Aiken offer termite control services?

Our termite control services are not only effective in eliminating existing termite activity. As Authorized Operators of the Sentricon® System, we ensure that termites do not re-infest. Contact Aiken Pest Control today to learn more about our termite solutions for Aiken, the midlands of South Carolina and the CSRA.

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