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Information sATILLA pEST cONTROL wantS YOU to know
Termite Info & Identification
Termites exists in all lower 48 states to some degree. However, in Southeast Ga, we are in the hotbed as far as density of termites per acre. It is estimated that there are as many as 4,000 different species of termites worldwide. However, far & away, the most common & destructive termite in South Ga is the Eastern Subterranean Termite. It is estimated that there are as many as 15-20 colonies/acre of these termites in our area of the country. Having colonies that can average 1 million termites per colony, subterranean termites do more damage in Georgia every year than fire, storms, & flooding combined. It is estimated that subterranean termites cost homeowners $750 million/year in structural damage to homes.
Subterranean termites’ purpose in nature is to feed on dead wood, breaking it down on a cellular level, so that it can be reused by nature. The trouble comes when colonies that are in the ground surrounding our homes, find ways through our foundations, and begin to feed on the structural wood in our houses or buildings, including wall studs, floor beams & joists, molding & trim, wood flooring, drywall, paneling, etc…Termites often go undetected for extended periods of time, all the while causing structural & cosmetic damage to our homes. The worker termites which gain entry & feed on your structural wood, are cryptic in nature, and require a dark, moist environment to live & thrive. In order to travel back & forth from the underground colony to an above ground food source, subterranean termites construct mud shelter tubes, which are made of soil, saliva, & fecal matter, to shield them from light and air. They must maintain ground contact for continued moisture, as well as to support the colony with food. The illustration below describes how Satilla Pest Control will establish a termiticide barrier in the soil to eliminate the current infestation, as well as to prevent future infestations for years to come.
The absolute best time to create a preventative plan against any future subterranean termite infestation, is when a home is being initially constructed. As your foundation is being installed, and before any concrete slab or wooden floor system is installed, affords the best time for Satilla Pest Control to establish a complete and continuous soil treatment using the most effective & longest lasting soil termiticides available. Also, before your wall covering is installed, Satilla Pest Control will apply a Borate treatment to your wall studs and exterior sheeting, offering an added protection against any possible infestation. Remember, it doesn’t matter how well a house is built, if termites are going to be destroying it shortly after construction. cALL US AT 283-1537 tODAY!
Real Estate Termite Inspection / Termite Closing Letters
Building, buying, or selling a home? Most banks and lending institutions require an inspection of the property by a pest management professional to provide documentation that the house is free of any activity of Wood Destroying Organisms. The “Termite Letter” is the common name for the official report issued after inspection, which documents and discloses any active or previous activity of wood destroying organisms in the structure. Our technicians understand the importance of a thorough and exhaustive inspection, along with a complete and accurate report of any findings, to protect buyers, sellers, lenders, and real estate agents alike.
Other Wood Destroying Organisms
Besides the most common problem of termites, there are many other serious situations that can arise with other Wood Destroying Organisms in our homes. These include Powder Post Beetles, Wood Boring Beetles, Drywood Termites, and Wood Decaying Fungus. Each of these structural damaging pests thrive in our South Ga climate. Considering all these threats to the largest investments most of us have, our homes, it is wise to have your house inspected by a professional trained to identify, assess, and correct any of these issues, should they arise in your home. Call Satilla Pest Control today AT 283-1537 to schedule your full home inspection.
Canine Termite Detection
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