Total Termite Protection
In Georgia, studies show that there are 8-12 colonies of subterranean termites per acre. It is absolutely necessary to keep your home/property protected from this unwanted threat. The species that we most commonly deal with here is the Eastern Subterranean Termite. This termite feeds on cellulose, which is contained in wood and any product derived from wood: lumber, pallets, cardboard boxes, paper products, etc.
Eastern Subterranean termite colonies can range in size from 20,000 up to 5 million members. The colonies’ members are divided into castes (types of termites) each with different responsibilities. Worker termites are active 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and are responsible for colony construction and gathering of food. They are the termites that actually cause the damage. Soldier termites are responsible for defending the colony. The king and queen are responsible for marinating and growing colony population numbers. The queen is constantly laying eggs for her entire life span – which can be up to 20 years.
Signs of a termite infestation include pencil-sized mud tunnels built on foundation walls, sheetrock, or other areas and damaged wood. Damage can range anywhere from pin-hole sized to major structural damage to studs, joists, and sill plates. Another sign of a termite infestation is the appearance of winged termites in late March and April. These “swarmers” are potential Kings and queens looking to mate and form new colonies. They typically emerge in kitchen and bath areas in slab homes – but could appear anywhere. They are harmless themselves but are a sign that a mature termite colony is in or near the structure. The presence of one or more of these signs indicates a termite infestation and immediate action should be taken to avoid further damage.
Moisture is a conducive condition that can create termite problems for your home. All vehicles of water diversion away from the structure can drastically affect the degree of termite activity a structure may incur. At Skyline, we offer education to our customers to help them understand the gravity of conducive conditions around their home. This education is our way of helping the homeowner understand the potential causes of termite presence and hopefully help avoid termite damage altogether. Keeping mulch and pine straw 6 to 8 inches from the structure’s foundation can be an effective measure of reducing moisture along the exterior perimeter of the home. As mulch and pine straw prevent moisture in the soil from drying out, it also creates a harborage area for many household pests. Termites will also gravitate towards these same moist areas, even if it is above the surface of the soil. Having heavy or dense bushes along the structure’s foundation is another way that moisture is prohibited from drying. These conditions can create a haven for new and continued termite presences.
Skyline Pest Solutions recommends the Sentricon® Always Active™ System for residential and commercial properties, including builder services. Contact us today and let Skyline help you protect your investment.