Subterranean termites are termites that live underground. They’re considered “silent destroyers” because it’s often incredibly hard to spot an infestation before it’s gotten out of hand – and the costly damage has been done. In Georgia, studies show that there are 8-12 colonies of subterranean termites per acre, consisting most commonly of the Eastern Subterranean Termite species. Each of those Eastern Subterranean Termite colonies can range in size from 20,000 to 5 million members – meaning that, per acre, there could be up to 60 million termites in Georgia. That’s nearly six times the state’s population in a single acre, which means termites are a huge risk for Georgia homeowners.
Signs of a termite infestation include pencil-sized mud tunnels around the foundation of your home and damaged wood on your property. Damage can range anywhere from a pin-hole to major structural damage inside studs, joists, and sill plates, though termites are more often than not caught too late. If you notice wooden building parts beginning to sag unexpectedly, you should have a professional inspect your property for termites.
Another sign of a termite infestation is the emergence of winged termites, which look like flying ants, or shed wings – typically thin and papery-looking – in early spring during swarming season. These are usually found in areas like the kitchen and bathroom. Harmless themselves, swarming termites are a clear indication that a mature colony is in or near your structure.
The key to tackling termites is prevention: Once a colony is formed, it can be hard to detect, let alone eradicated. One way to prevent termites is to understand what they’re attracted to. Moisture is conducive to termite problems in your home. So, diverting water away from the structure can drastically minimize your risk. Mulch, pine straw and heavy bushes can prevent the soil around a home from drying out as well as create hiding places for other pests, so be wary of this when landscaping around your property.
In addition to limiting moisture, ensure that all cracks and holes in your foundation are sealed as they may create an access point for termites and other unruly pests. Ideally, wood siding, stucco, and other cellulose-based building materials should be at least six inches above ground. At Block Builders, we offer extensive education to our customers, so you can understand the frequency and gravity of conducive conditions around your property. Schedule an inspection to see if your home has a high risk for termite damage.
Termites may be plaguing your property, even if you’re not yet aware of it. Finding termites is very difficult since they live beneath the ground or in the walls and furniture; so if you do see signs of damage, it’s likely that there’s more you can’t see. At Block Builders, we offer effective treatments to combat one of the costliest threats to your home.
Georgia is consistently the second-highest state in the nation for termite damage claims. That’s why, at Block Builders, we offer more than just effective termite control treatments, but a termite repair warranty that covers the full replacement of a damaged area from a new termite infestation. We take a customized look at each property we inspect to determine individual risk assessments and treatment needs. Learn about our residential termite services and treatment options.
For builders, termites can be your worst nightmare: They can quickly destroy all your hard work and invested dollars. We offer pre-treatment solutions to safeguard your properties from termites ever being a problem, and our services add immense value to your offerings in today’s challenging market. Learn about all our builder benefits options.
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