Tag: Termite Inspection
Why Extremely Destructive “Super Termite” Hybrids May Soon Become Established In Georgia
Georgia is home to a relatively high number of both subterranean and drywood termite species that are known pests of woodwork. The most common and destructive termite pest species in Georgia is the native eastern subterranean termite (Reticulitermes flavipes), followed by the dark southern subterranean termite (R. virginicus), and the light southern subterranean termite (R.…Read More
Why Are Termite Infestations Usually Found Around The Foundation Of Homes?
It is often said that termites eat wood, and while this is true, it does not mean that all sources of seasoned wood are vulnerable to termite damage. Most of the 3,000 termite species that have been documented worldwide consume cellulose from slowly decaying forms of fibrous plant matter, which is mostly wood. However, some…Read More
Which Termite Pest Species Are Responsible For The Majority Of Termite Infestations In Georgia Homes
Termites are the most destructive, and therefore, the most economically costly pests of homes and buildings in the US. Around 3,000 termite species have been documented worldwide, and each species belongs to one of three groups. These three groups are known as subterranean, drywood and dampwood termites, and several species of each are known for…Read More
As Many As One In Five Homes In Georgia Will Be Attacked By Termites
Georgia is home to several termite pest species including the highly destructive Formosan subterranean termite. Luckily, the invasive Formosan subterranean termite species is not nearly as abundant within Georgia as it is within nearby Gulf Coast states, particularly within Louisiana and Florida; instead, it is the native eastern subterranean termite that causes the greatest amount…Read More
How To Easily Determine If A Home’s Crawl Space Foundation Invites Subterranean Termites
Crawl space homes are abundant in Georgia, and they remain popular for a variety of reasons. Crawl space homes allow plumbing and other utilities to be accessed with relative ease, and they can be inspected more thoroughly than basement and concrete slab homes. However, crawl space foundations trap moisture, and this is especially true in…Read More
Everything Georgia Homeowners Need To Know About The Common Southeastern Drywood Termite
Termites are divided into three groups known as subterranean, drywood and dampwood species. Subterranean termites are appropriately named, as they dwell beneath the ground surface where they feed on cellulose contained within decaying and usually fibrous forms of plant matter, such as twigs and dead tree roots. Subterranean termites often venture above ground when they…Read More
Why Georgia Homes Become More Vulnerable To Termite Infestations Following Bouts Of Rainfall During The Fall Season
It is well known that subterranean termites require high-moisture conditions within their soil habitat in order to survive, so it may not come as a surprise to learn that rainfall stimulates foraging activity among workers. This means that worker termites travel more rapidly over longer distances in response to water saturation in soil. This response…Read More
Why Are Drywood Termite Infestations Particularly Difficult To Control
Termite pest activity is heavy in Georgia due to the relatively high number of both native and non-native termite species that inhabit the state. Multiple subterranean and drywood termite species regularly infest houses and other structures in all areas of Georgia, but subterranean termites are by far the most destructive. The native eastern subterranean termite…Read More
Should Residents Of Georgia Be Worried About The Invasive Formosan Subterranean Termite?
Formosan Subterranean termites were accidentally transported to the United States during the 1960s or possibly as early as the 1940s. Formosan termite colonies were first discovered in the US near a shipping port in southeast Texas, and since then, these most destructive of wood-eating pests have managed to establish a seemingly permanent habitat that spans…Read More
Why Experts Struggle To Maintain An Accurate Number Of Termite Pest Species Within Georgia?
There exists much confusion concerning the termite species that have become established within Georgia. This is understandable for many reasons. First of all, subterranean termites dwell within a habitat that is located beneath the ground’s surface and within natural or structural wood sources. This makes termites extremely difficult to observe, and in the termite-friendly southeast,…Read More