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What Do Termites Look Like On Georgia Properties?

November 15, 2021 - Termites

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People work hard to have a home or business in Georgia. Their efforts can go to waste if wood-attacking insects, like termites, have access to it. Being known as “silent killers,” you probably won’t realize that you have an issue with the pests until the damage is complete. Behind foundations or in the soil is where they tend to hide.

Termites: The Good And The Bad

The earth benefits from termites and their activities because the ground will receive essential nutrients. Plants and trees will have what they need to flourish well. Some cultures revere these bugs and consume them as a delicacy. No matter the international opinions, Americans suffer because of termites. They collectively pay out five billion dollars a year to fight off or recover from the pests. You won’t have the backing of insurance companies either because they don’t usually fund it. Find out more about the insects and what High Priority Pest Services, Inc. can do to help.

How Do Termites Look And Behave? What Are Signs of Infestation?

Workers, soldiers, and swarmers are the divisions of a termite colony. How each appears fluctuates by species, but local workers are 0.12 of an inch long and white or grayish-white. Living true to their title, these bugs stay focused on annihilating wood. Soldiers watch them and use their big mandibles for defense. They also have rectangular heads. Swarmers are ½ of an inch long. The winged pests are brown, black, or yellow. If the nests are crammed, or it’s mating season, they’ll fly away and begin building more colonies. Fixtures and windows will draw swarmers, given their affinity for light. If you see any, you have an infestation. Further hints are:

  • Drywall that is discolored and slacking 
  • Walls with pin-point holes, maze patterns, and mud tubes in them
  • Unfastened tiles and flimsy floorboards
  • Observing that paint is puffing up, chipping, and resembles water damage 
  • Discovering loads of fecal frass that look like salt and pepper
  • Foundations that have a hollow sound 
  • Seeing the discarded and scaly wings of swarmers

How Can You Prevent Termites? Can “Do It Yourself” Methods Kill Termites?

Among the things property owners use to eliminate termites are boric acid, vinegar, and orange oil. Putting wood in the way of direct sunlight is a popular tactic as well. Commercial liquids, baits, and similar products are relied on in addition. Improvements may come, but they will be minimal and short-term. Only a few insects will expire as the infestation festers on. Lower tier treatments cannot affect certain termite types. Pest experts can correctly label species and select an appropriate approach, but everyday folks can’t.

Shelf goods and independent concoctions have the potential to be dangerous. Moreover, instructions on a label can be befuddling. Should there be misapplication by accident, harsh chemical reactions are possible. Termite issues may then exacerbate. Just surface results come from retail goods. One colony might have thousands of members, and they will likely be far into the foundations. The best solo methods are: 

  • Get rid of or replace ruined or rotting wood.
  • Have moisture glitches repaired immediately. Start with those dampening wood.     
  • Try not to sit free wood, like fire logs, on the soil. 
  • Close up gaps in utility lines and foundations.  
  • Distance greenery and wood two feet from the property. 
  • Have High Priority Pest Services, Inc. do annual inspections.

What Can High Priority Pest Services, Inc. Do About Termites? 

Depending on anything but professional pest interventions to destroy termites would be a waste of time and money. Every minute counts when these bugs fixate on your domicile or establishment. Save your place by contacting us at High Priority Pest Services, Inc. We have intense industrial-grade treatments that are safe. Call us today!