What are termites?
Termites are social insects, with each colony consisting of three different castes or groups: workers, soldiers, and reproductives. Subterranean termites do not nest in the wood they feed on; the workers travel back and forth from the nest to food source each day. The termite's unique ability to convert cellulose from wood and other plants into a usable food source makes them dangerous to have in our homes, feeding on its structural wood.
Widely distributed throughout the United States, the native eastern subterranean termite nests underground and prefers to feed on wood damaged by water or that is older or decaying. With colonies growing to between sixty thousand and two million members, it can make preventing termites difficult.
Are termites dangerous?
Termites are incredibly damaging pests, which is why they are considered dangerous. They aren't a danger to people's health, but termites are a threat to our homes' structural integrity. The termite's ability to work for months or years without detection and the fact that homeowners' insurance doesn't cover the cost of repairs only adds to the problem these pests are to our structures.
Why do I have a termite problem?
Native eastern subterranean termites are attracted to moisture, so if any water is collecting inside or outside your home, it increases the likelihood of these wood-destroying pests finding their way to your property. The warm, humid weather conditions in Georgia allows the soil to remain damp and provides the perfect habitat for termites to thrive. When living in Georgia or any southern state, termites are not an "if" but a "when."
Where will I find termites?
Worker termites travel through the soil or the mud tubes they create to search out food sources. As the termites move through the soil, they often accidentally make their way into our homes. Concrete foundations, wood framing, wood trim, or wooden posts are common entry points into a home or other structure. They often feed on structural wood near water pipes, air conditioners, or windows and doors.
Once subterranean termites enter our homes, they become a formidable pest to deal with. Native eastern subterranean termites enter into structures at ground level; as the infestation develops and time goes by, they travel up walls and above ceilings. Their ability to stay hidden allows them to cause extensive damage before they're noticed. In fact, many termite infestations are only discovered because of the damage they cause.
In addition to noticing structural damage, a termite infestation may also become apparent when winged termites swarm from a mature nest. Termite swarms usually occur in the spring and summer seasons. The termites quickly drop their wings, find a mate, and then a place to build a nest. Noticing piles of wings around windows, doors, or on a walkway is an indicator there's a termite nest located on or near your property.
How do I get rid of termites?
Get rid of termites from your property by partnering with the local pest control experts at Alternative Pest Control. Professional services are the best way to eliminate termites and ensure they won't return. We are passionate about providing our customers with exceptional customer service and superior termite control solutions.
Using Integrated Pest Management techniques, liquid treatments, and guaranteed services, we will solve your current termite problem and stop them from returning. Maintain a residential or commercial property free of termites and other pests with the help of Alternative Pest Control!
How can I prevent termites in the future?
Taking the following steps will help you stop termites from damaging your Georgia property. In conjunction with our pest control services, our prevention tips will help you guard your home against termites.
- Keep the soil in your yard and around its perimeter as dry as possible. Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear and working correctly, ensure proper drainage, and repair leaky outdoor fixtures.
- Inspect your foundation regularly, checking for defects that may allow termites to make their way into your home.
- Repair leaky pipes and replace structural wood in your home damaged by water.
- Maintain a gap between the ground and any wooden portions of your house.
- Remove old or decaying wooden play structures, fences, porches, or decks from your property.
- Clean up fallen trees, tree stumps, and leaf piles around your yard to get rid of the food sources that attract termites.
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