Termites are a fact of life in the southeast. Termites cause millions of dollars in damage to structures each year, primarily residences. No structure, not even brick or concrete slab construction, is immune to their insidious appetite. Yet termite infestation is often difficult to detect. Termites work silently and invisibly, sawing into your floor joists, cutting into your wall studs, hollowing out the heart of your home and hiding the damage until it's too late. One of the greatest hazards any homeowner faces is termites, which cause more damage each year than fires, storms, and earthquakes combined. Termites survive by eating wood, paper, fiberboard, cotton fabrics, and other cellulose products. If ignored, termites can actually threaten the structural integrity of your house, and this is where the danger lies. Houses and other buildings provide termites with the ideal combination of warmth, moisture, and food. Termites can find ways to enter your house that you've never thought of. They are small enough to gain entry into hidden areas of basements, crawl spaces, and concrete slabs, through openings as small as 1/32nd of an inch.Some quick facts about Eastern Subs
- An average Eastern Sub termite colony can consume 5 grams of wood per day, the equivalent of 2 1/3 linear feet of a 2'x4' pine board annually.
- Colony growth is slow, and it may take years before swarmers are produced.
- Eastern Sub termites can enter buildings through cracks less than 1/16" wide.
- The termite colony is made up of different types (castes) of termites - each with separate work responsibilities.
- Although Eastern Sub termite colonies are largely located in the ground below the frost line, secondary colonies can exist above ground, and examples of true above ground colonies existing without any ground contact have been seen. However, such above ground colonies have access to moisture and often the source is a roof or plumbing leak.
- Eastern Sub termites will often build mud tubes for travel between their colonies and their food sources.
- The king and queen in a colony can live for 10 to 30 years, while workers live for about two years.
What Type of Termite do we have in Georgia?
The Eastern Subterranean termite is the most common and most widely distributed termite in North America. It is a problem for home owners from southern Ontario in Canada, south throughout the Eastern United States and as far west as Montana.
This native american pest feeds on such cellulose materials as structural wood,wood fixtures, paper, books, and cotton. Occasionally, it will even attack the roots of shrubs and trees.
A mature colony of Eastern Subterranean termites can range from a low of 20,000 to a high of 5 million workers, with an average of 300,000. The colony's queen will add 5,000 to 10,000 eggs per year to the total.
While Eastern Sub termite colonies are not the largest termite colonies you can find, there will often be more than one of them working in a single building. Signs of Easterns include dirt-colored tubes built to serve as protected paths from the earth to the wood the termites are feeding on, and the translucent wings shed by the kings and queens during swarming. Swarming usually occurs in the spring, but other, smaller swarms can occur throughout the summer and fall.
How do termites get in my home?
- Termites can build mud tubes across many feet of concrete, brick, cinder block, treated wood, or metal termite shields into even the upper floors of a structure.
- Termites eat wood from the inside out, often defying detection for years while doing extensive damage to the wood and threatening the integrity of your home.
Although small in size they are large in numbers. Termites congregate in enormous underground colonies that house hundreds of thousands to millions of individual termites. They are dispersed throughout the soil at feeding sites around your home and can forage hundreds of feet from their colony.
Termite survival depends on finding edible material to support the colony. Moving out from their colony, they tunnel through the soil in search of moisture and food. They forage around mulch beds, near air conditioner drip lines and below gutters. They also like tree stumps, decks, buried wood, construction material, and piles of firewood. A loose mortar joint, a small space around a drain pipe, or a settlement crack in the basement is all they need to gain entry into your home.
Did you find something?
If you become aware of any of the signs of termite infestation, or your neighbors have termites, call a Houseman pest control professional immediately. Our trained professionals will inspect inside your home and around your home looking for areas that are vulnerable to termite infestation.
We will examine areas where termites forage for moisture and food, giving special attention to conditions which are conducive to termite attack such as cracks, voids, and spaces where wiring and utilities pass through walls and slabs.
Our inspectors are well trained in termite behavior. They know where to look for termites and can determine how they got there. We will recommend the best treatment method for your particular home or business, using the top rated products in the termite control industry today. Not only will our treatment methods eradicate current termite problems, but they will protect your biggest investment for years to come.
What can Houseman Services offer you?
Termite Treatment Options Whether it's due to construction materials, natural habitat or family lifestyle, we tailor termite control solution options to the unique needs of each customer. The two main types of treatments for existing homes are traditional liquid barriers and termite baiting systems, both of which are offered by Houseman Pest Control Inc. and customized to fit your property.
Customized Termite Control Busy schedule? Off-hours? We work our termite control solutions around your lifestyle needs without compromising effective pest control.
Termite Warranty Our guarantee is to get the termite control job done right. That's why we offer damage replacement warranties that are renewable and 100% transferable. We offer 5-year, 10-year, And Lifetime Warranties.
Free Termite Inspections We will inspect your home or business for infestation, or areas conducive to infestation, at no cost or obligation to you.
Termite Clearance Letters Houseman Pest Control is a leader in providing real estate inspections and can issue termite letters - also known as the Official Georgia Wood Infestation Inspection Report - when needed.
New Construction treatments Houseman Pest Control offers pretreatment of new construction to guard against termite attack to both residential and commercial structures.