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Which Structural Lumber Treatments Effectively Prevent Drywood Termite Attacks

September 12th, 2019

Several drywood termite species, both native and invasive, inhabit the state of Georgia where they frequently establish infestations within homes. Subterranean termites leave several signs of their presence within a home, namely mud tubes on foundations. Mud tubes are often conspicuous and they alert homeowners of an infestation before subterranean termites inflict serious damage to…

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How Did The Highly Destructive And Invasive Formosan Subterranean Termite Become Established In Georgia

September 5th, 2019

There is no way to know for sure how non-native Formosan subterranean termites (FST) arrived in the United States, but most experts believe that the termite pests were first brought into Texas on military vessels that departed from southeast Asia shortly after World War II ended in 1945. However, Formosan subterranean termites were not documented…

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How A Recently Discovered Termite Species Will Make Termite Pests Within Homes Easier To Identify

August 15th, 2019

During 2012, University of Georgia entomologists described a new species of termite that had been collected from Sapelo Island. This newly described species was named Reticulitermes nelsonae, making it the fifth subterranean termite species documented as inhabiting Georgia and other eastern states. Surprisingly, this species is likely more abundant in Georgia than the eastern subterranean…

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Are Modern Homes Always Made Of Structural Lumber That Has Been Treated To Resist Termite Attacks?

August 7th, 2019

Since termite pest activity in the United States causes billions of dollars in damage to structural wood each year, it seems reasonable to make lumber resistant to termite attacks. For the past several years, many studies have aimed to determine which timber species naturally repel termites. Many tropical timbers have been found to effectively repel…

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How Are Termite Infestations Prevented In Houses That Have Numerous Cracks, Crevices And Other Entry Points In The Foundation

July 4th, 2019

It is well known that termites are particularly small sized insects that can enter homes through the tiniest hairline cracks and crevices found on the foundations of houses. Most modern housing foundations are built with concrete, but it does not take long before concrete foundations develop tiny cracks, making homes more vulnerable to termite infestations.…

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Could Subterranean Termites Be Nesting Below Your Home Right Now? And Are These Termites Ever Active Above The Ground’s Surface?

July 1st, 2019

It is well known that subterranean termites are the most destructive insect pests to structures, but they also feed on books, photographs, and when they need to, they will use their jaws to plow through plaster. Georgia is home to a few subterranean termite species including the most widespread and damaging species, eastern subterranean termites,…

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An Artist Illustrates How Termites Can Be Useful For Mining Operations

June 18th, 2019

As far as most people are concerned, there is nothing beneficial about termites. Very few people will claim to have an appreciation for termites. Of course, termites do perform essential ecological duties that help to maintain the proper balance of the ecosystem. As important as termites are for sustaining life on this planet, many people…

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Are Termites Attracted To Watered Lawns? Do Termites Only Feed On Moist Sources Of Structural Wood?

May 31st, 2019

It is well known that termites are the most destructive insect pests to structural wood. The annual cost of termite prevention and eradication treatments exceed 2 billion dollars in the United States alone, and this figure does not include termite damage-repair costs. When the annual cost of termite damage-repairs are taken into account, this figure…

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A Georgia Woman Found Termites In Her Clothes After Her Apartment Complex Became Infested

May 14th, 2019

Georgia is home to at least nine termite species that have been documented, six of which maintain a habitat on the coast and barrier islands. Three termite species in the state are invasive. These species include the Formosan subterranean termite, the west Indian drywood termite (also known as the powderpost termite), and the western drywood…

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As Many As One In Five Homes In Georgia Will Be Attacked By Termites

May 13th, 2019

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…

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