Termites in Decatur
Termites are one of the most destructive forces in nature, and they are not covered by your homeowner’s policy. They often cause damage for years before they are detected. According to the US Forest Service, who created “Termite Infestation Probability Zones”, Georgia is a Level 1, meaning we are at “Very Heavy Risk” of structures being damaged by termites.
There are three kinds of termites in Georgia, but the Native Eastern Subterranean Termite is the one you are most likely to encounter. The Native Eastern Subterranean Termite causes billions of dollars in damage every year and is found in every state in the continental US except Alaska.
The Formosan Subterranean Termite is an invasive species that is rampant in South Florida and is quickly spreading to other areas. Formosans are characterized by their enormous colonies and aggressive eating habits.
Drywood Termites are a tropical species found mostly in the coastal areas of the south. In Decatur, if you encounter a Drywood Termite it was most likely brought in on a piece of furniture or art.
The Foundation of a Termite Plan is a Professional Inspection
By nature and biology, termites are reclusive and isolate themselves from the light of day. If exposed to sunlight they dehydrate and die. An experienced termite professional knows the behavioral habits of these termites and knows where to look for evidence of an infestation. Since most of the wood in your home is hidden behind walls and in hard to reach areas, we must rely on circumstantial evidence of termites.
Areas of investigation include:
- Probe, visually inspect, and sound all areas of visible and accessible wood in a structure, including attic and crawlspace.
- Presence of shelter or mud tubes – Termites build and travel through these tunnels made from mud so that they are not exposed when navigating across areas that are deprived of moisture.
- Presence of wings – Termite wings in an attic or in your home may indicate a large mature colony.
- Presence of termite frass, or fecal matter – Sawdust or coffee ground like in appearance, this is generally a sign of drywood termites.
- Moisture issues – Since Subterranean Termites require moisture, they can obtain it from leaking pipes or dampness in a basement.
- Wood to ground contact – Any wood that is touching the ground is a potentially easy access for termites.
- Inspection of crawlspace and expansion joints and raised porches – Because of their construction these areas are especially susceptible to termite infestations and should be thoroughly inspected.
- Evidence of previous infestation and treatment – If there is visible termite damage this does not necessarily mean there is an active infestation. Please be prepared to provide your inspector with any evidence and records from previous termite treatments and inspections.
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There are many ways that clever termites can enter and infest a structure. Subtle evidence can be uncovered with an experienced set of eyes. As you can see, there are many components to a thorough termite inspection. We are invested in protecting our Decatur neighbors from termites and the damage they cause.
We offer free termite inspections and detailed recommendations specific to your structure. Termite eradication is a multi-step process and highly specific to the individual property. We will use every tool in our pest control tool box to quickly and effectively eliminate these pests from your property. We utilize current scientific knowledge regarding termite behavior in both seeking them out during the inspection and destroying them during the treatment.
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