What are termites?
Termites are insects that every homeowner in Georgia fears. In our area of the country, where the weather is warm and humid, these insects thrive. It isn't a question of if but when termites will invade for Georgia homeowners.
Termites are social insects that live in large colonies consisting of a queen, swarmers, soldiers, and workers. The workers make up most of the colony. Workers gather food, construct tunnels, and repair and enlarge the nest. The queen produces more termites; the soldiers use their enlarged heads and jaws to defend the colony against ants and other invading insects. Shane's Pest Solutions offers expert home pest control in Newnan to stop termites in their tracks!
Are termites dangerous?
A common mistake that people make is to think that swarmers (winged termites) are flying ants. Ignoring a termite infestation because you believe they are ants will allow these pests to continue feeding on your property and cause more and more damage.
Termites are destructive pests that can work unseen for years, causing more and more damage as they gather food day and night to feed their expansive colonies.
Why do I have a termite problem?
Termites can become a problem on any property that provides them with their basic needs, such as a place to nest and food to forage. Discovering that termites have become a problem on your property can be tricky because they spend the majority of their lives hidden away either in the ground, inside mud tubes they build to travel through, or inside pieces of wood they are gathering food from.
Since seeing actual termites is not common, knowing signs of a potential termite infestation is important so you can reach out for help as soon as possible to eliminate these destructive pests from your Georgia home. Some termite signs include:
- Cracked or distorted paint on walls
- Small pinpoint holes in drywall or wood
- Crumbling pieces of wood
- Squeaky or spongy feeling floors
- Warped ceilings, doors, or windows
If you ever become concerned that termites have found their way onto your property, reach out to us for immediate help.
Where will I find termites?
As one of the few organisms on the planet able to convert cellulose into a usable food source, termites play a vital role in helping to get rid of decaying or excess wood and vegetation and putting nutrients back into the soil. Some termites nest underground in the soil. Others prefer to live above ground and nest in dry wood.
Termites infest structural wood behind a home's walls, under floors, or above its ceilings. Inside they also nest in dry pieces of wood like furniture, floorboards, and wooden trim. Outside, termites infest fallen trees, logs, wooden fences, wooden utilities, poles, and dead trees.
How do I get rid of termites?
Professional residential and commercial pest removal services are the best way to eradicate termites from any Georgia property. At Shane's Pest Solutions, we provide our customers with the best termite control services possible. We always begin with a thorough inspection of the interior and exterior of your home so we can identify the species present and the extent of the infestation.
"From inspection to eradication," we are here for you. Whether you are looking to implement prevention measures or are currently amid a termite infestation, we will provide you with the high-quality pest control services in Newnan necessary to solve your property's unique termite issues. We are here to help you solve your Newnan property's termite problems; call today to learn more!
How can I prevent termites in the future?
We have put together a quick list of things you can do to prevent termites from taking over and damaging your home.
- Caulk cracks in the foundation of your home.
- Create a crushed stone barrier between your foundation and any mulch or soil.
- Limit soil to wood contact on your property- remove piles of wood and don't let porch steps, deck posts, or wooden sheds sit directly on the ground.
- Repair leaky pipes and fixtures that will saturate the soil and provide termites with the moisture they need.
- Use dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels in your home.
- Replace any wood in your home damaged by water; replace it with sound wood.
To learn how these prevention tips, combined with our professional termite control services, will guard your home against wood-eating pests, reach out to us today!