Termite in the yard?
If you want to protect your home from termites, the best method you can use is to have a termite inspection every year. Your home will need a termite treatment every 5-7 years. This insures that you are up to date with your termite protection and that you do not have any infestations within your home. At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have been doing termite inspections for over 25 years. Our technicians are some of the best trained people for the job. We have dealt with termites in every setting so we know the best methods of protecting your home from termite infestation.
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Termites living in Georgia have a wide variety of food sources and palates to match. Within the state of Georgia, there are two termite species that are most common. These species are the Drywood Termite and, more commonly, the Eastern Subterranean Termite.
In general, termites can cause a large amount of damage. It should be noted that the damage that termites do to homes or other structures occurs over a period of three to eight years, but the way that this damage affects the structure will certainly vary. Another factor to consider is whether or not the termites can survive winters, and whether or not they are active year-round. Termites can maintain activity year-round if they have the ability to stay warm wherever they are working. Termites can avoid hibernating if they are protected from the elements by slabs of stone or metal, and are able to consume the wood that is supporting the building that they have infested.
Termites will most certainly tunnel through most anything that is between them and cellulose-containing materials, meaning that they will come through insulation, fabric, paint, and really anything else that isn’t glass, metal, or stone. Cellulose is a main component of wood, paper, cardboard, art canvases, the paper covering of sheet rock, and the like. Termites actually prefer decaying materials that contain cellulose because the decay fungi will basically break down the cellulose into smaller pieces, making for quicker digestion. This makes it very important to check for any decaying pieces of wood on any structure composed mostly of wood, especially those that are older or in very moist environments.
It is always best to have a trained professional check your home for termite damage, even if it is a fairly new home. According to the Department of Entomology at North Carolina State University, “There is no accurate method for determining the age of recently discovered damage. You need some reference point, i.e., some point in time when it was known that there was no damage to this particular wood. This is one reason why annual inspections (and keeping your records of these inspections) are invaluable.” In other words, the sooner you begin a treatment plan for these insects, the better.
If both you and the pest control professional can protect your home from the beginning, then so much the better! Call today at 770-479-1598 to set up a free inspection of your home.
Termites can be slowed and even prevented from invading your house, barn or office! Here are some helpful construction tips from the University of California’s Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program on slowing termite invasion:
“Building design may contribute to the probability of termite invasion. Identify and correct any structural deficiencies that attract or promote subterranean termite infestations. Ideally all sub structural wood beneath the building should be kept at least 12 inches above the soil. Consult local building codes for exact, minimum distances from wood to soil. Stucco siding that reaches the ground may promote termite infestations since termites might travel between the stucco and the foundation unseen. Keep foundation areas well ventilated and dry. Reduce chances of infestation by removing any wood in contact with the soil.
Inspect porches and other structural or foundation wood for signs of termites. Look for tree stumps, stored lumber, untreated fence posts, and buried scrap wood near the structure that may contribute to a termite infestation.”
Canton Termite and Pest Control professionals treat newly-built structures for construction companies! Let us know if you need a free estimate for termite protection done by calling 770-479-1598. We will be happy to send one of our technicians to you right away!
On a final note, termites are very successful creatures comparatively speaking. They survive and propagate on nearly every landmass except for Antarctica, quickly multiplying and working as a colony.
Termites have a wide variety of predators, including many birds, mammals, reptiles, other insects, spiders, and more. Some termite queens can live up to fifty years, which is one of the longest lifespans of any known insect. Termites have influenced many scientific ventures and studies, one of which is rather unique. Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences developed not too long ago a type of robot designed to imitate termites in a colony. Termite workers act as a single unit, building wherever there is needed construction in the colony, and these robots are very similar in programming.
Termites cause approximately $5 billion in damage every year. This is an enormous number and typically comes out of the pockets of every day homeowners. Termites work ceaselessly and can cause expensive damage in a relatively short period of time if undetected. The best way to prevent this is to have regular inspections to insure your home is safe from any termite threats. Fortunately, when it comes to termites, we here at Canton Termite and Pest Control are the best in the business. If you need a termite inspection, or are worried about a potential infestation in your home, give us a call or text us at 770-479-1598!
Eastern Subterranean Termite Inspection and control
Subterranean termites are a species of termite that is the most widely seen in all of America. Higher concentrations of the subterranean termite population will be found in the southeast region, which of course includes Georgia. This article will provide you with beneficial information about the subterranean termite.
Subterranean termites will definitely be most active in warm weather, swarming in the spring or at any point in time where rain warms the soil and moistens it dramatically. They will continue to reproduce as long as they are not hibernating, which, if they are protected from extreme cold and other elements, may never occur. Termites devour anything containing cellulose, which ranges from wood to art canvases. The subterranean termite species causes BILLIONS of dollars in damage per year, and will affect more houses and other buildings in high-activity areas. According to the University of California’s Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program,
“Subterranean termites are common throughout California and can be found infesting fallen trees, stumps, or other dead wood in contact with the soil in the forest, landscape, or structural lumber in our houses. The species of economic importance are within the genera Reticulitermes, Heterotermes, and Coptotermes. Other genera of subterranean termites found in California are mostly restricted to the desert areas in the southeastern corner of the state and are generally not important pests.
The most common subterranean termites, Reticulitermes, can be encountered in nearly all regions of the state, from the sand dunes of the coast to the upper elevations of the mountain ranges and even in some of the desert areas. The species of Reticulitermes are the most destructive termites found in California. They are small in size compared to dampwood and drywood termites, but mature colonies can contain hundreds of thousands of individuals.
Reproductive winged forms of subterranean termites are dark brown to brownish-black with brownish-gray wings. On warm, sunny days following fall or spring rains, swarms of reproductives may be seen emerging en masse from their underground nests. Soldiers are wingless with light caramel-colored bodies and long, narrow amber-colored heads with no eyes. Workers are slightly smaller than reproductives, wingless, and have a shorter head than soldiers; their color is similar to that of soldiers.
In the Sonoran Desert of southeastern California, Heterotermes aureus is the most destructive species of subterranean termites. This species has light-brown winged forms that fly in the early evening and are attracted to lights. Another destructive species in this group, the Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus, is native to China but now established in California, thus far restricted to a small area near San Diego. Unlike the native Reticulitermes but similar to Heterotermes, Formosan subterranean termites swarm at dusk and are attracted to lights.
Termite colonies are self-perpetuating. When the colony is composed of a large number of individuals, often thousands, a small percentage of individuals develop into winged reproductives (alates or swarmers) that then leave the nest, flying in swarms to mate, disperse, and establish new colonies. Most of these reproductives perish during the flight due to predation by birds, lizards, ants, or other insects. The time of day and year when flights occur varies with species and geographic location. Reticulitermes species swarms during the afternoon in either spring or fall on clear days after a soaking rain. Heterotermes aureus flies in the late afternoon or early evening in July, August, and September. Coptotermes formosanus, although rare in California, flies in the late evening and is attracted to lights. In buildings with heated basements, termites occasionally fly inside during winter.
New kings and queens are winged during their early adult life and generally fly less than 100 meters from their colony. Once they land on the ground they find a mate and begin the search for a nest site. A colony begins when a mated pair constructs a small underground chamber, which they enter and seal. Soon afterward mating occurs and the female begins laying eggs.
Most species of termites have microscopic one-celled organisms, called protists, within their intestines that help in converting otherwise indigestible cellulose from wood into food for the colony. Both the king and queen feed the young on predigested food, thereby transferring these intestinal protists until the new brood is able to feed themselves. Once workers are produced, the king and queen are fed by them and cease feeding on wood.
Surprisingly, termites can be long lived; queens and kings can have a life span of a decade or more, while individual workers can live for one to several years.”
If you have a need for a pest control professional to provide you with a free inspection, then call us at Canton Termite and Pest Control today with 770-479-1598! We provide service throughout Cherokee County Georgia and surrounding areas. Have a blessed day!