Termite Control: Think Smart

Think Smart

Regular, professional termite inspections are critical to the early detection of termite infestations, but there are many things that homeowners can do to help take an active part in protecting their homes from termites.

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Termites cause an estimated $5 billion in property damage each year

That is more damage each than fires, tornadoes, and earthquakes combined.  Making matters worse, most homeowner's insurance policies do not cover termite damage.


Termites are usually invisible, except for the sudden appearance of large termite swarms in as the weather warms. The appearance of swarm indoors is often one of the first signs of a infestation for a homeowner. Don't wait for the damage to be done. Take the steps below to protect your home.

Wood to Earth
  • Minimize or eliminate the use of wood mulch.
  • Keep crawl spaces and basements clear of wood debris, newspapers and excess moisture.
  • Keep wooden fences, planter boxes and other wood items at least 2 feet from your foundation.
  • Install shrubs, mulch and other landscaping at least 2 feet from the foundation of your home.


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Excessive Moisture
  • Fix plumbing leaks anywhere in the house, as they can cause moisture to accumulate.
  • Place sprinkler heads away from your foundation and make sure that they don’t wet the walls.
  • Make sure all air-conditioner/heater/dryer condensation and sump pump discharges are well away from your home's foundation.
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Ground Level
  • Slope soil away from the house so surface water drains easily.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts and keep splash blocks in place.
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Wood Strategies
  • Install shrubs, mulch and other landscaping at least 2 feet from the foundation of your home.
  • Never bury wood scraps in backfill during construction.
  • Keep firewood, lumber and wood scraps elevated off the ground and stored away from your home.
  • Always use treated lumber in the contruction of decking or other exterior home features.


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How We Treat

Pests can carry and transfer numerous disease
causing pathogens and bacteria. Are you safe?
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Best of 2012 Readers' Choice Award


Clark's Termite & Pest Control was voted Best Pest Control Company in South Carolina for 2012. The Readers' Choice Best Of 2012 is a sampling based on the responses of the readers of The State. The results of their voting appear in a special section.


From The State Media Company I would like to say Thank You to our readers in South Carolina. Thank you to the many readers who took the time to vote for their favorite businesses. Thank you to the many online users who went online to vote. Thank you to the businesses that anxiously wait for this publication every year. Thank you to the person who voted for "Turkey and Ham on rye with mustard and pickles" for the Best Deli. You all make The Reader's Choice a success year after year.


Ashleigh Anderson McAlister
The State Media Company

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Our 50th Anniversary!


Clark's Termite & Pest Control is proud to announce our 50th Anniversary! For the past 50 years Clark's Termite & Pest Control has answered our customer’s call to exterminate termites and other annoying pests. Termites are unwelcome little insects and live to inflict damage. We’re zealous when it comes to eliminating termites and other pests.


In 1963 Clark's Termite & Pest Control opened our doors. We wholeheartedly thank you for letting us take care of your termite and pests problems. We’re happy to be your faithful solution and will continue to provide superb customer service.