Termites in the Winter

Formosan Termites Charleston, SCEven in the winter months Termites can still cause a rather large infestation. This week we encountered termites eating this building in Downtown Charleston. Charleston,SC has the highest infestation of Formosan termites in the US. Sadly, we’re number one. The window and other leaks provided them with moisture sustenance. The brown lines in the photograph are exit areas for termite waste and swarmer launching. There is a fix even with a rather sizable amount of damage. We installed Sentricon AG (above ground) stations to kill the termite queen and colony. After Sentricon does it’s work, we will go back to ensure this old Charleston building is termite free.

Pelican Pointe damage leaves some residents scrambling

News 2 | By: Natalie Price
Posted: Aug 03, 2018 06:00 PM EDT

JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) – Work has already gotten started at Pelican Point Villas after an emergency order from the City of Charleston to vacate the premises.

An investigation uncovered severe termite and moisture damage at 1984 folly road, mainly to exterior stairwells, putting them in a “near-collapse failure” state.

“It is the most expensive, wood destroying organism in the U.S. It does about $15 billion worth of damage every year in the U.S. and a lot of that is concentrated in the southeast,” said Mark Marenakos, owner of Advanced Termite and Pest Control.

The evacuation order was issued by the City on August 1st, leaving some residents scrambling.

“That’s a really huge thing to happen, that everyone has to vacate here and so on, because a lot of people don’t have places to go,” said resident Bill Anderson.

According to a release from the City of Charleston Friday, the responsibility of the burden to it’s residents falls primarily onto the Pelican Pointe Management Company. It’s also where responsibility lies for building maintenance.

Unfortunately for many homeowners, termites are hard to get rid of.

“The queen puts out an egg every three seconds, maybe 2000 termites a day. Killing the queen is what you have to do to get rid of them,” Marenakos said.

The damage has already been done at Pelican Pointe, but the City of Charleston says it’s working with the owners to get repairs done as quickly as possible.

Termites: What You Need to Know

Major Signs of Termite Damage:

  • Mud Tubes
  • Charleston Advanced Termite and Pest Control

    Termite Mud Tubes

  • Damaged wood
  • Carton nests
  • Alates (flying termites)
  • Discarded swarmer wings


Conditions conducive to termite infestation:

  • Moisture
  • Wood to ground contact
  • Tree Stumps
  • Firewood
  • Located in or near Charleston, South Carolina

Worker termites forage 24 hours a day… often without the property owner knowing it, and just one termite colony consumes an average of one pound of house per day!

Charleston, SC and the surrounding area has the highest concentration of Formosan termites in the United States. New Orleans is #2.

Termite can travel more than 100 yards in search of food. If your neighbor’s neighbor’s neighbor has termites, you could too.

Sentricon ultimate Termite Protection

The Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System

delivers the ultimate in termite protection. We are thrilled to be an Authorized Operator for the Sentricon® System.

  • No Digging or Trenching
  • No Structural Drilling
  • No Chemicals Injected in the Ground
  • No Trucks with Chemical Tanks
  • No Scheduling Hassles

A Certified Sentricon Specialist™ checks for signs of Termites, stations are placed around  your home, and the bait immediately begins working…and we make sure the stations are always working.

Sentricon System Advanced Termite and Pest Control

Sentricon System

Sentricon has proven it’s effectiveness on more than 2 million properties worldwide, including the White House, the Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall and the Alamo.  It not only eliminates the termite colonies that attack homes, but with continued service, Sentricon protects homes from future termite infestations.  For more information, please contact Advanced Termite and Pest Control. You can also check out SENTRICON for more information and videos.