Termite

Termite Control- in Canton Georgia

Termite inspection and Control

Most homeowners are aware of the destructive nature of termites. If your home has an active termite infestation, it is extremely important that whatever treatment method you employ to deal with it is the most effective method for your specific situation. Some pest professionals hold the position that certain treatment methods are the best for termites in all cases. However, the truth is that, depending on the situation, certain specific methods or a combination of more than one are the best approach for eliminating termites and keeping them out of your home permanently. There are three major approaches to termite treatment. These three methods are liquid treatment, bait treatment, and borate treatment.

Liquid Treatment:

Liquid treatment is the oldest and most used treatment method in the pest industry. It can be used both as a preventative measure as well as a treatment option for active infestation. The goal of liquid application is to establish a barrier around the perimeter of a home using a liquid treatment product that is sprayed into the soil.

Most liquid treatment products used to contain a repellant compound, and termites would naturally avoid it. However, this had a shortcoming if the treatment barrier had any gaps, as termites could locate these gaps and exploit them to gain access to the home. For this reason, many new liquid products are non-repellant, and termites will unknowingly be exposed to them while moving through the soil. The treatment covers termites that move through it, and can be passed on to other termites when they return to the nest. After a period of time, the termites will succumb to the product and die, along with any other termites in the colony that the treatment was spread to.

At one time, liquid treatment was by far the most popular method of treatment, and it still remains the favored treatment method of some older pest control companies. Liquid treatment is especially useful around homes with clearly defined perimeters. However, it is less effective for treating homes with areas that the technician cannot directly access.

Bait System Treatment:

Bait treatment systems are a newer treatment option that has gained popularity in recent years. Bait systems are essentially a series of termite “feeding boxes” placed around the perimeter of the home. Initially, these boxes are filled with some sort of cellulosic(wood based) material such as paper or cardboard that acts as a tempting food source for any nearby termites. If an inspection of the bait system reveals signs of feeding, the nutrient source will then be replaced by a bait product that contains a slow acting product that is fatal to any termites that consume it.

Once the new bait is in place, termite workers will return and feed on the bait. They will carry the chemical compound with them and spread it to other termites in the nest, and shortly after any exposed termites will succumb to the product and die.

Bait systems are generally slightly more expensive than liquid treatment. However, this expense is often worthwhile for homes that are difficult to treat with liquid products. Bait systems also serve as an early warning sign of any termite activity, which can be critical in preventing future termite infestations.

 

Borate Treatment

Borate treatment products are a very recent innovation in termite control. The treatment process involves spraying a compound made of a combination of glycol and borate onto any wooden framing used in the home. The glycol will evaporate and allow the borate to penetrate the wood to the center. Once this is complete, the wood completely repels termites and any other wood destroying organisms.

Because this process requires access to the framework of the home, it is generally only possible to apply this treatment during the initial construction of the house or during renovations. However, it has been steadily gaining popularity among builders due to its long lasting protection. It is important to point out, however, that borate treatment cannot be applied to other cellulosic materials such as wallpaper or wooden furniture, and therefore those materials are still at risk from termites.

What treatment is best for my home?

It can be difficult for homeowners to determine exactly which treatment option is best for their specific situation. Oftentimes, the best solution to termites is some combination of different treatment options. If you are dealing with an active termite infestation, or wanting to ensure that your home stays termite free into the future, it is critical to call in a professional pest service that you can trust to give you the best guidance for how to treat your home.

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience treating for termites. Our technicians can thoroughly inspect your home, identify any signs of pest activity, and provide you with the best possible treatment plan for your specific situation, all at a price that fits your budget!

So if you want to keep your home termite free, or simply have a question, call us today at 770-479-1598!

By: Tim

 

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Termite Control – Canton Termite & Pest Control – Canton Georgia

Termite Control – Canton Termite & Pest Control – Canton Georgia

The termite colony is a complex organism. Each colony contains millions of termites, and the termites are divided into different “castes” based on their role in the colony. There are a 3 major termite castes in the colony, and those are the workers, the swarmers, and the soldiers. By understanding the inner workings of a termite colony, both homeowners and pest professionals can be better equipped to recognize signs of termite activity and eliminate the threat before severe damage is done to your home.

Termite Workers:

Termite workers are the most numerous caste in the colony. They gather food for the colony, protect developing termites, and repair damage to the nest. Termite workers are responsible for the structural damage to your home that termites are notorious for. They consume any type of cellulosic material, which includes any wood, wallpaper, or framing around the home. The workers are relatively small, and are light in color.

Termite workers are rarely spotted out in the open. Most of their work takes place beneath the surface of the soil, where they are either moving inside of the colony or consuming parts of the house from below.

Termite Soldiers:

Termite soldiers are the defenders of the colony. They protect the workers and the queen, and they also assist in preforming any necessary repairs to the structure of the colony. Termite soldiers are physically larger than workers, and have large mandibles that they use to attack any threats to the colony. They are often seen outside of broken walls and tunnels, defending the gap in the nest while repairs are being completed.

Termite soldiers do not feed on cellulosic material. However, they defend the workers from threats, and therefore the presence of termite soldiers in or around your home is a sign that workers are also nearby.

Termite Swarmers:

Termite Swarmers, or alates as they are sometimes called, are the reproductive members of the termite colony. They are best identified by their two sets of wings, and can often be sign flying around your property in large swarmers. During the early spring, termite swarmers emerge from their colonies to meet up with swarmers from other nearby colonies. They will gather by the thousands and then mate. After mating, the termite swarmers will form new colonies nearby, increasing the termite threat to your home.

Termite swarmers are a clear sign of current and future termite activity around your property, and therefore should be treated as a threat when spotted. Like soldiers, the swarmers do not consume cellulosic material, but their potential to form new colonies makes them a big problem for homeowners.

What if you spot termites in your home?

The presence of termites from any caste on your property is a sign of an active termite colony. Termites are capable of causing major damage to your home in a relatively short period of time, and therefore are a problem that should be dealt with sooner rather than later. If you have spotted any signs of potential termite activity, it is a good idea to have a professional pest service thoroughly inspect your property as soon as possible.

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience treating for termites. Our technicians can thoroughly inspect your home, identify any signs of infestation or any conditions conducive for future pest activity, and provide you with the best treatment options for your specific pest problem! All of this coming at a price that fits your budget!

So if you want to ensure your home is termite free, or simply have a question about any pest, call us today at 770-479-1598!

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By: Tim

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Termite Swarm – Canton Georgia

Termite Swarmers

As the spring season draws closer, it brings with it many pleasant changes such as warm weather, new life, and sunny days. However, the warmth of springtime also brings pests of all kinds as well. One destructive pest that is especially active during this season is the termite. If you are out during this time of the year, you might notice large swarms of flying termites in and around your home. These winged termites, also known as swarmers, are a warning sign of current and future termite activity around your home.

 

Termite swarmers, or alates as they are sometimes called, are the future kings and queens of termite colonies. They are relatively small, have two sets of wings, and usually have a beige or white coloration.

During the spring, termite swarmers emerge from their colonies and congregate with swarmers from other nearby colonies. These groups are often extremely numerous, and it is this act that gives the alates the name “swarmers.” These swarms occur at different parts of the day depending on the species. Some species, such as subterranean termites, gather during the day; while others, such as Formosan termites, gather at night. The swarming seasons of all nearby nests are usually synchronized, and this allows large numbers of candidates for new colonies to be gathered at once during this season.

Once they have collected together, the swarmers will mate, and afterwards descend, lose their wings, and become the king or queen of a new termite colony. These new colonies can pose a threat to your home if they are established in close enough proximity to the structure.

Termite swarmers do not eat cellulosic material, and therefore they pose no direct threat to your home. However, swarmers are both a sign of current termite activity on your property as well as a potential future threat should they establish a new colony nearby. For this reason, if you identify termite swarmers on your home, it is important to have an inspection of the property by a professional pest service as soon as possible. A trained technician can identify any active termite infestations and provide any necessary preventative treatment to deal with future colonies.

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have years of experience dealing with termites. Our highly trained technicians can inspect your property, identify any signs of potential termite activity, and provide you with the best treatment solutions to eliminate termites and keep them away from your home permanently!

So if you are seeing termite swarmers around you property, 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!

By: Tim

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Termite control- Canton Termite (The Exterminator)

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!

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Termite Letter

Termite inspection for selling a house.

When you are selling a home in Georgia, it is important to have a Wood Infestation Inspection Report done for the property prior to closing. Generally, the lender prefers to see the report dated within 30 days of closing. The Wood Infestation Inspection Report, or WIIR, is a form that is used to report any possible evidence of infestation inside of a home or other structure before it can be sold. To acquire this form, you must call in a licensed pest control company to inspect the property and issue the completed form. Realtors will often list this form as a “Termite Letter,” but it actually covers many other wood consuming pest organisms.

Real Estate Agent

The average cost of this form is around $150, however some companies will offer this service for free or at a reduced cost to their existing customers. In many states, the form that is required is designated as National Pest Management Association (NPMA) Form 33. In Georgia, however, the WIIR form replaces the national one. It is still a valid replacement even if the lender is from another state.

 

When performing the inspection, the technician may need to look through the entire property, but generally the focus is on areas with ground contact. This report and the subsequent inspection covers the 5 most common wood destroying organisms.

 

Covered by the form:

  • Subterranean Termites
  • Powder Post Beetles
  • Wood Boring Beetles
  • Dry Wood Termites
  • Wood Decaying Fungus

 

The technician will complete the inspection of the property, and then will report whether or not the home has an active infestation or if it has conditions conducive to future infestation such as earth to wood contact. Technicians will also report any inaccessible areas such as insulation in crawl spaces or closed off areas. Those areas that are reported are marked as unconfirmed areas and special attention should be paid to them.

 

It is also important to note that the WIIR form comes with a 90 day guarantee. If an infestation of wood destroying organisms is found during that time, the company that issued the report will generally treat the property for free, however they are not responsible for the repair of damage caused by the wood destroying organisms. If the property is found to have an active infestation or undisclosed damage from pests, it must be treated and then inspected again before a sale can move forward.

 

If you are attempting to sell or buy any property, it is important to have a diligent inspection from a certified company. A trained technician will not only be able to confirm the status of infestation in the home, but also ensure that the WIIR is correctly filled out. This is important to protect buyers from purchasing homes with undisclosed active infestations as well as protecting sellers from being held responsible for possible future infestations that did not precede the sale.

 

In recent years, it has become common for real estate agents to recommend a pre-inspection. While this can be more expensive, it is often better to have this inspection to find any pest problems before any potential buyers are involved.

 

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience completing WIIR inspections for homeowners and real estate agencies. Our technicians can inspect your home and complete the WIIR requirements to allow your deal to move forward. If we find an active infestation in your home, we will apply the cost of the inspection to your treatment, saving you time and money!

 

So if you need a Wood Infestation Inspection Report, 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!

By: Tim

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Termites

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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Liquid Termite Treatment

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.

Liquid Termite treatment. Watch Brent of Canton Termite and Pest Control as he treats a home in Cherokee County Georgia.

Call Canton Termite and Pest Control Today at 770-479-1598 for a FREE Pest Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home.

Ask for Tim McWhirter, Owner/President, and he will be happy speak with you. CALL TODAY!

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NPMA-National Pest Management Month

cropped-logo-SQ.jpgNational Pest Management Month

We celebrate a lot of events in April. Birthdays occur, spring is upon us, school is almost out, Easter eggs pop up in the yard, and some celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s birthday! April is quite an interesting month, no? This fourth month of the year also hosts National Pest Management Month. Throughout the rest of the year there is Termite Awareness Week, Bed Bug Awareness Week, and Rodent Awareness Week. Combined, all of these events provide great stimulus for education on pest management for your family and community.

According to the National Pest Management Association,

“The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) celebrates April as National Pest Management Month, an observance that has been taking place for more than 30 years. National Pest Management Month honors the professional pest control industry for playing a key role in protecting both health and property from significant pest-borne threats.

‘The NPMA is pleased to have the opportunity to publicly recognize the important work that pest professionals do every day during National Pest Management Month,’ says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. ‘In honor of National Pest Management Month, the NPMA is dedicated to raising public awareness about the risks posed by household pests and encouraging homeowners to take proactive steps to prevent pest infestations in their homes and properties.’

Pest such as termites, rodents and carpenter ants can cause extensive property damage by chewing through walls, flooring and even electrical wiring. Other pests, including ticks, mosquitoes, cockroaches and stinging insects pose health threats to humans. Ticks can spread Lyme disease, while mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus. Cockroach allergens can trigger asthma attacks, while stinging insects send more than half a million people to the emergency room every year.

During April, the NPMA recommends that homeowners follow these tips to prevent pest infestations:

Seal up cracks and small openings along the foundation of the house.
Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water.
Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house.
Keep kitchens clean by wiping counters and emptying the garbage frequently.
Keep all food containers sealed.
Avoid leaving pets’ food dishes out for long periods of time.
Keep trash containers clean and sealed, both indoors and outdoors.
Screen windows and doors.
If you see signs of pests or suspect an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional.” (www.Pestworld.org)

Margaret Ely of the Washington Post has this to say about National Pest Management Month:
“It’s no reason to celebrate, but the National Pest Management Association has deemed April as National Pest Management Month. And for good reason: Early spring is swarming termite season, when young adult termites emerge en masse. Jim Fredericks, director of technical services for the association, said the “swarmer’s” surface to mate, form their own colonies and feed.
‘There will be thousands of termites in a colony,’ Fredericks said. ‘You never know how many are feeding on your house.’ “ (www.washingtonpost.com)
As mentioned above, April is a time in which bugs and animals will thrive, reproduce, and swarm any areas they can find food and shelter. Particularly, April is a good time to have a professional come out and check your house for termites and other infesting insects. If you need someone to check your house for termites or any other kind of bug, call us at Canton Termite and Pest Control at 770-479-1598 today!
When you consider the amount of activity your family will probably take part in during the warmer months of the year, it becomes almost inevitable that someone will get stung or bitten by an insect. If you need information on how to respond to bugs of all kinds around your home, and perhaps learn more about the bugs themselves, then find that information on our website at  www.Cantongeorgiapestcontrol.com
Want to know more about Termite Awareness Week? From March 13th-19th, there is a huge focus termites and how they impact your community. If you want to learn more about termites, then go to our website (hyperlinked above) and read about the most common species of termites in the southeast! You will tend to find Subterranean termites, which cause BILLIONS of dollars in damage to homes every year!
The next week that is focused on is Bed Bug Awareness Week, from June 5th-11th. . A single pregnant bed bug can produce an entire infestation in a matter of weeks. The general lifespan can produce an adult bed bug in as briefly as two months, with each phase of their life cycle up to that point lasting about a week. The adult bed bug can live for around 300 days with a good food supply, amply supplied by human donors or pets. If you need to know more about bed bugs, then go to our website or call at 770-479-1598! We would be happy to come and do a free 58-point pest analysis! We provide service throughout zip codes of 30115, 30114, 30183, and 30107 and around these areas.

To learn more about National Pest Management Month, go to the websites below!

Pestworld.org: http://www.pestworld.org/news-and-views/press-releases/press-releases/april-designated-as-national-pest-management-month

The Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/termites-and-national-pest-management-month/2013/04/16/7fdc60ba-9e10-11e2-a941-a19bce7af755_story.html

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Termite in Canton Georgia

Termites

Termites in Cherokee County

Eastern Subterranean Termite

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.

Canton TermiteTermites 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!

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Termites in Cherokee County Georgia

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.

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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.

LIFE CYCLETermites in Cherokee County
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.”

logo SQIf 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!

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Termites inspection and control

Termites

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!

By: Tim

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Canton Termite and Pest Control- Termite Baiting System

At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we use the best Baiting system on the market.

PS. Call Canton Termite and Pest Control today at 770-479-1598 for a FREE Pest Consultation and FREE Estimate!

Also, ask about our FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

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Our Reviews
Jamie O'Neill
Jamie O'Neill

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Just wanted to thank our exterminator Joel @Canton Termite for not only responding very quickly when we had a minor insect infestation but for ensuring we stay bug free with our normal service. He always gives us plenty of notice and arrives on time and does a very professional job. Also want to thank the entire team... Tim, Ed, William and Brent for doing an awesome job with my home and my rental homes for the last few years. Keep up the great work...

James Pritchett
James Pritchett

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 weeks ago

Last year the Cherokee County senior center assisted in me in finding a company to take care of a roach infestation in my home. I had tried several companies but I kept paying and the roaches never went away. William Botts with Canton Termite and Pest control came out and in 2 treatments got the job done. I am on a fixed income and appreciated the integrity and quality of this company. Today I realized I never thanked Canton Termite and Pest Control. I am thankful for what they did for me and refer my friends and anyone else who ask. They get the job done!

valerie hultquist
valerie hultquist

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

HONEST, HELPFUL, NOT IN BUSINESS TO RIP PEOPLE OFF! I called this company and spoke with a gentleman regarding a strange substance on the exterior of our home. I thought it might be termites because the paint was removed from the area as though it was being eaten. He asked me to email him a photo. He called me back and assured me it was not termites. He and the owner of the company gave me some suggestions of how to treat this mold-type substance. This could have easily gone in the opposite direction and charged me lots of $ to investigate a pest problem. No need to wonder if you will get a fair, honest deal with this company. They have a perfect 5 star rating because they have earned it the old fashioned way - by being honest.

Carl Carlson
Carl Carlson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

I called William for a problem with carpenter bees. He was at my home within the hour. Problem solved. As we chatted I mentioned that in the spring we had birds nesting in our attic, now gone, but expected to return next year. He took the time to inspect the attic to figure out how they were getting in, and seal off the entrance... no additional charge. In short, he solved next years problem as a "good will" gesture (no pun intended). Great job. Great service. Did I mention William is now on my speed dial?

Debra Wright
Debra Wright

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Great customer service and prompt attention! William came out and did our initial application, but we need more treatment. Ed called me in no time and set up another treatment, same day! When Brent came out he was so professional and friendly! Took care of the application quickly, reassuring us that they are there whenever we need them! So glad I am using Canton Termite and Pest Control now for my pest services!

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