Welcome to Termite Awareness Week! Termites are a fact of life in Georgia. Termites cause millions of dollars in damage to structures each year and primarily residences. No structure, not even brick or concrete slab construction, is immune to their damage. Termite infestation is often difficult to detect so regular inspections are important. 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. Termites cause more damage each year than fires, storms, and earthquakes combined.
Termites survive by eating wood, paper, fiberboard, cotton fabrics, and other cellulose products. 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. 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.
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.
If you have any signs of termites or any other pests or want an inspection, give Houseman Services a call at 866-964-PEST?
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