Did you know that 1 in 5 homes in Georgia will, at one time or another, be attacked by termites? Termites are responsible for millions of dollars of damage each year. Sadly, because of their subterranean nature, by the time termites have been dected, a lot of damage has already been done.
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- Did you know that termites cause more than a billion dollars in damage every year in the U.S. alone?
- Termites live in colonies and build their nests in soil and/or wood. Wood is the main food of all termites, even those that nest primarily in the soil.
- The queen, the breeder of colony, can live up to 18 years.
- A single colony can have millions of termites and spread across a half an acre
- The termites literally eat the wood to build their colonies. Because they eat it from the inside out, you may not even know you have them until there is significant structural damage.
- Termites never sleep – they are always eating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Termites swarm in the spring. The “swarmers” emerge from their nest, then land to shed their wings and mate to begin new colonies.
- Swarming termites are a sure sign that there is an infestation nearby
Signs of termite presence are:
- Mud tubes built by subterranean termites
- Flying, swarming termites
- The appearance of rippling or sunken areas behind wallpaper or other wall covering
- The interior of the wood is hollowed out along the grain with dried mud or soil along the tunnels. (If tunnels are smooth, you are more likely to have a carpenter ant infestation.)