Termite Protection From Skyline
Termites cost homeowners more than $5 billion in damages annually—this is more than floods, tornadoes and fires combined. It is imperative that you protect your home from this unrelenting pest. Unless you prevent them from inflicting harm, termites can cause an untold amount of damage and compromise the structural integrity of your home or building.
If you think that you might have termites in your home or place of business, or want to take preventative steps of prevention, Skyline can help.
About Subterranean Termites
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.
Luckily, you can protect your property by learning about the red flags for which to look so that you can detect and address the infestation in the early stages. Although it might not seem like much, uncovering the signs that termites leave behind will work wonders when it comes to keeping you safe from the threat.
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.
For the best possible protection from termites and the damage that they can cause, you can’t afford to settle for anything less than the best—the Sentricon® Always Active™ System-- an effective treatment option for eliminating termites at the source. Experts have designed the Sentricon system to provide you with a higher level of protection than you once thought possible. Skyline Pest uses Sentricon for residential and commercial properties, including builder services.
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Whether you are a homeowner or a contractor, you will want to protect your investment from these pests, which will allow you to put your worries to rest. At Skyline Pest Solutions, our team is dedicated to meeting your needs and getting your pest problem handled as promptly as possible.
When you decide to enlist our services, we will do what it takes to let you know that we have your interests in mind at all times. Our experts will install the Sentricon System in your yard, and termites won't bother you once they get the job done. If you are ready to move forward with the process, give us a call.