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What are termites?

Termites are destructive unwanted pests that no homeowner wants to learn is feeding on their home's structural wood. One of the most widespread species living across the country is the subterranean termite. Subterranean termites have high moisture needs, so they nest under the ground in damp soil and prefer to feed on decaying or water-damaged wood. As their name tells us, these termites nest below the ground, moving from the nest to their food source every day. These tiny insects are social, and all members work together to ensure the colony's success.

close up of termites

Are termites dangerous?

While a termite's appearance may not give off the vibe of danger, the five billion dollars in damages they cause across the country each year certainly does! While termites don't attack people or our food sources, they do attack and damage our homes, causing costly structural damage that is not covered by most homeowners' insurance. While one termite can't cause much damage, a colony with tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of termites certainly can!

Why do I have a termite problem?

The southern United States is a hotbed for termite activity, meaning that when living in Georgia, having in place a termite control program is a must! The heat and humidity found in our area allow these pests to flourish and maintain large populations.

Worker termites leave the colony each day to forage for food to bring back to the colony. Since termites travel through the soil, it is easy for these pests to find a way into our home accidentally. Termites usually enter into our structures through cracks in the foundation or wood that is making direct contact with the ground. Once inside, if food is available for them to consume, they will keep returning day after day, month after month, and year after year!

Where will I find termites?

Termites are often referred to as "silent invaders" because of their ability to move in and out of our homes undetected and work for long periods without being seen. Termites can remain "invisible" because they travel through the soil or mud tubes and, once inside, feed on the interior of wood located behind the walls of our homes, under floors, and above ceilings.

Termites usually attack water-damaged wood or wood that is near sources of moisture. Structural wood near windows and doors, sinks, tubs, and water pipes are especially susceptible to termite damage.

How do I get rid of termites?

Let the professionals at Prestige Pest Control get rid of termites from your Georgia property and prevent them from returning. Our professionals go the extra mile for our customers, providing pest control services that are effective and affordable! Our highly trained and knowledgeable professionals solve problems with termites through our comprehensive, customized services. To learn more about our effective and affordable termite control options, reach out to us at Prestige Pest Control today!

How can I prevent termites in the future?

In addition to our home pest control and commercial pest control services, protect your property from termites with the following prevention tips:

  • Remove decaying wood from your property.
  • Get rid of old wooden fences, sheds, and play structures from your yard.
  • Cut vegetation back away from the outside of your home so the sun can more easily dry the soil.
  • Make sure there is good drainage on your property.
  • Seal spaces in your home's foundation to keep termites out.
  • Stain or paint any bare wood on or in your house.
  • Repair leaking pipes or fixtures.
  • Ensure vents are not blocked to keep your home well ventilated.
  • Use dehumidifiers to keep basements free of excess moisture.
  • Repair roof damage and make sure weatherstripping is placed around windows and doors to keep water from getting in and damaging your home.
 

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