inspection for termites
Termite Bait System
Bait stations are essentially food stations for attracting termites. They are typically filled initially with some sort of wood product to attract termites. Once it has been confirmed that termites are active in the area, the bait is switched with a new supply coated in a slow acting poison. The termites will ingest this poison and carry it back to the nest with them.
Once termites begin to feed at the bait station systems, they will quickly spread the poison to a large majority of the nest, and this will help to decimate the population of the nest after some time has passed.
Bait stations are especially useful for homes that would require intrusive drilling for a similar liquid coverage. Bait stations can be inserted around the exterior of the home, and will attract termites to them and away from areas that would give them access to vulnerable parts of the structure. Homes with slab foundations or finished basements are well served by bait station systems, as this prevents the necessity of deep drilling to protect all parts of the structure with a liquid barrier.
Bait stations require periodic inspections by a trained technician to ensure that they are functioning correctly. While this does often come at additional cost, it allows the stations to act as a early warning system for termites. This means that the technician inspecting the stations will often find dead termites inside of the station, and will be able to identify a termite problem long before damage is being done to the home.
So if you are in need of termite service, or simply have a question, call us today at 770-479-1598!
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Subterranean Termites in Cherokee County Georgia.
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.
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.
Termite inspections and Treatment
Termite swarming season is almost upon us. If you are a homeowner, you are probably already aware of how much damage termites can cause, even if you have never dealt with termites personally. Oftentimes, when we receive calls about termites, one of the main questions homeowners have is which method of treatment works best for termite infestations.
There is no universal answer to this, and the truth is that each different termite service requires a different approach. Sometimes the best solution for dealing with termites involves using more than one method of treatment on a home simultaneously. To help clear up some confusion on this topic, we will be posting articles on each of the popular treatment on the website, and these will be available to help you if you find termites in your home.
The oldest and most popular form of termite treatment is liquid treatment. This method can be used to deal with existing termite infestations or used as a preventative measure to keep termites away.
Originally, the goal of liquid treatment was to create a barrier in the soil around a home that termites could not pass. This method made use of specialized chemical compounds that prevent termites from getting moisture from soil that was essential to their survival, and termites would be repelled from this barrier.
This was very effective in some cases. However, this could cause problems if the barrier was not applied to a sufficient degree because termites could sometimes find untreated areas to bypass the barriers. This method is also less effective in homes with slab foundations or partially underground levels because technicians cannot access the entire exterior without intrusive drilling. If the treatment is applied carelessly, it can sometimes act to force the termites to a different part of the wall instead of the foundation. This can allow them to do significantly more damage and remain undetected in a location that they normally would avoid.
In more recent years, however, many of these problems have been resolved. Many of the newer liquid treatment products are non-repellant, and slowly poison termites with a chemical compound that they cannot detect. This slow acting poison can be spread between the termites and can rapidly infect and destroy the entire nest. This has helped to reduce, but not entirely eliminate, the problems with lack of complete exterior access for treatment. Liquid treatment is particularly useful in homes that have exterior access on all sides, as they require much less intrusive treatment to get complete protection.
Liquid treatment cannot always be redone annually. Depending on the products used, it can be as much as five years before another layer of treatment can be safely applied. While this is not a permanent solution, liquid treatment does not require regular inspections that are associated with bait stations, and is often cheaper in the long run.
Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we offer a variety of treatment methods for all types of termite problems. Our highly trained technicians will inspect your home and determine the most effective treatment method for your unique situation, all at a price that fits in your budget!
So if you need termite service, or simply have a question, call us today at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!
Here’s to YOU living pest free!
Termites are some of the most destructive pests on the planet. They are classified as a wood destroying organism (WDO) and can quickly become a nightmare for any homeowner unfortunate enough to deal with them.
Termites consume wood and plants, feeding off of the cellulose that they contain. Termites have specialized enzymes in their stomachs that allow them to digest this cellulose, and they do not need any other source of nutrients to sustain themselves. They typically will construct colonies in areas with large amounts of woody material for consumption. Unfortunately, these subterranean colonies can often be built in and around the foundation of homes or other structures.
Termites are slow eaters, and it would take hundreds of years for a single termite to consume any noticeable amount of wood. However, termites are social insects, and their nests can contain populations numbering in the millions. This allows them to cause significant structural damage to homes sometimes within just a few days. Every year, termites cause billions of dollars in damage to homes. Because most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover termite damage, much of this cost comes straight out of the pockets of homeowners.
Because of the risk that they pose, it is important for any responsible homeowner to have up to date termite inspections for their homes. At least every 5 years, homeowners should have a licensed pest control technician inspect their property for signs of current infestation or any conditions that might be conducive to future infestation. This is especially true if you are buying or selling a property. Dry wood termites are covered in the Wood Infestation Inspection Report(WIIR) that we have previously mentioned. When you are selling a home, you will be required to have a WDI from a certified pest control company, and this report will mention any signs of damage or conducive conditions.
By having these inspections, you are able to ensure that your home is in good condition and is safe from termites. Inspecting technicians can also perform preventative treatments of varying degrees to help wipe out any termites that might attempt to nest in the future. While the upfront cost of an inspection can cause some homeowners to avoid keeping up to date, it is important to remember that the damage that termites can potentially cause dwarfs the cost of protecting your home from them using preventative termite services.
Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience performing termite inspections and service work. We can deal with any termite problems you might face using the most efficient, effective, and safe methods in the industry. We can also preventatively inspect and treat your home to protect you from termites before they decide to nest in or around your property.
So if you have a termite problem, or simply have a question related to any pest, call us today at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!
Here’s to YOU living pest free!