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Termite Identification

What are termites?

Termites are wood-eating insects that when living outside of our home and away from our properties are helpful. Their feeding habits help to get rid of dead trees and other debris; the problem becomes when their hungry bellies are fed from structural wood on or around our homes or businesses. Termites never sleep, and fill their days by gathering food to feed their colonies. A single termite colony could have millions of members!

A termite colony divides its members into different groups, or castes: workers, soldiers, and reproductives. The workers make up the bulk of the colony, and are responsible for gathering food for the colony. Though they are only the size of a grain of rice, these small insects cause big problems when they work together.

close up of termites in their nest

There are several species of termites that live throughout the United States. In our area of Peachtree City, Georgia, the subterranean termite is most prevalent. Subterranean termites live in damp soil under the ground. These termites have high moisture needs, so they travel through the soil and build mud tubes to protect them from the warm air and hot sun.

Are termites dangerous?

Termites are not directly dangerous to people, but they are dangerous to our property. Termites are responsible for causing more than five billion dollars in damage each year! These pests are able to cause so much damage, not only because they live and work together in extremely large colonies, but because they are able to work for months, or years, without anyone noticing.

They are not insects that you will find wandering around your home or yard, like ants; termites live in the ground, tunneling through and feeding on the interior of wooden structures.

Another reason termite infestations are so dangerous is, termite damage is not covered by most homeowners insurance companies. Termite damage has the potential to become very extensive and costly to repair.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termites are a prevalent pest problem in Georgia. Did you know it is estimated that one out of every five Georgia homes will be affected by termites? Our temperate climate is ideal for many insects, including wood-eating termites, to thrive in Georgia. Termites are active year-round, foraging for food to feed their expansive colonies. It is important to understand that any home or business could be invaded by termites. Properties with lots of moist soil, trees, logs, and wooden structures are highly attractive to these wood-eating pests.

Where will I find termites?

Termites nest outside, traveling through the soil or through mud tubes they have created to move above the ground and along foundation or basement walls. Workers move back and forth from nest to food source each day. Subterranean termites enter into homes through the soil. Wooden structures that make direct contact with the ground are especially susceptible to termite infestations.

Once termites make their way inside, they will invade things like floor joists, wooden studs, structural wood, flooring, and trim. As they feed, they will move from the floors, up the walls, and eventually into the ceiling.

How do I get rid of termites?

To protect your property from termites, it is essential to maintain an effective termite prevention and control program. For the complete removal of rodents from your Georgia property, call MSI Termite & Pest Control and learn about our Peachtree City termite control services. By working together, we can make sure your home or business stays free of termites and other pests.

How can I prevent termites in the future?

At MSI Termite & Pest Control, we want to provide you with some helpful tips to help you avoid problems with termites on your property:

  • Keep gutters are free of debris. Clogged gutters will allow rainwater to seep into your home’s roof and walls.
  • Do not overwater gardens or grass on your property.
  • Replace wood mulch that retains water, with rubber mulch or crushed rock.
  • Repair leaky pipes, drains, and faucets inside and outside of your home.
  • Fill in low-lying areas in your yard, especially near your home, that could allow rainwater to collect.
  • Inside your home, reduce humidity levels by using dehumidifiers and air conditioners.
  • Use ventilated fans in kitchens and bathrooms, and keep crawlspaces well-ventilated.
  • Remove fallen trees, brush piles, leaf piles, logs, and tree stumps from your yard.
  • Get rid of old wooden swing sets, furniture, or fences on your property.
  • Keep termites out of your home by creating a barrier between the soil and your home’s foundation, and repairing cracks in the foundation.
  • Eliminate as much wood-to-soil contact on your property as possible.
 

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