What are termites?
Termites are a serious pest problem that homeowners in Georgia need to guard their homes against. In our region, these pests remain active throughout the entire year, meaning that at any point, if your home is not protected, it could become infested with these damaging pests.
Subterranean termites are the most common type of termite species in our area, and they nest within damp soil. These insects have high moisture needs and prefer to feed on water-damaged or decaying wood.
Are termites dangerous?
Out in nature, termites are eco-important, feeding on and eliminating decaying wood and other organic matter, but when living in our yards or feeding on the wood in our homes, they are dangerous, unwanted pests.
Termites consume wood and are one of the few organisms able to do so. Subterranean termites travel through soil and into homes, feeding on the interior of wooden structures; it can take months or sometimes years before you become aware of their presence, but by then, the damage is done.
Termite damage can lead to spongy floors, doors and windows that don’t open and close properly, and sagging ceilings. The damage they cause costs property owners across the country billions of dollars each year.
Why do I have a termite problem?
Termites thrive in our area; the damp soil and plentiful vegetation provides them with plenty of nesting sites and food sources. Our humid subtropical climate allows termites to be active year-round and on the constant search for food sources to gather and bring back to the nest.
Termites nesting and foraging for food near our homes or other structures find their way inside accidentally; as they move through the soil, they enter our homes through cracks in the foundation or wood, making contact with the ground.
Where will I find termites?
Outside in nature, termites nest in the damp soil, usually near wooded areas that provide a lot of ground cover and moisture. Termites are susceptible to dehydration and, to survive, need to be under the ground in the damp soil, in mud tubes they have created, or inside moist, decaying wood.
Termites that have traveled into homes and other structures invade wood in traditionally damp areas. Structural wood near water pipes, windows, doors, sinks, tubs, or air conditioners tend to be most susceptible to termite damage.
How do I get rid of termites?
Termites are a threat to every home and business located in Georgia. To help reduce the likelihood of these wood-destroying pests becoming a problem in your home, it is best to partner with a professional. At Ennis Exterminating, we know how damaging termites are and that having them living in your yard or home will lead to costly damage.
To combat these pests, our skilled and experienced team of pest professionals will perform a thorough inspection, install bait stations, and provide the follow-up services necessary to rid your property of these destructive pests. If you live in Fayetteville or surrounding cities, reach out today to learn more about our effective termite control services!
How can I prevent termites in the future?
Termites will think twice about using your yard and home as a place to nest and feed after you implement the following helpful prevention tips provided by our pest control experts:
- Eliminate food sources that attract termites to your outdoor spaces like leaf piles, decaying wood mulch, fallen trees, and tree stumps.
- Eliminate areas of standing water near your home and fix leaky pipes and fixtures that allow moisture to collect and invite termite activity.
- Fix low-lying areas on your property that would enable water to pool.
- Lower humidity levels in your home by using dehumidifiers and air-conditioners.
- Repair any gaps, no matter how tiny they may be in your foundation, to keep termites out.
- Get rid of soil to wood contact on your property where termites can gain access to your structure.
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