Termite Identification Guide

What are termites?

Termites are wood-eating insects. They have unique protozoa that help them to break down the cellulose into usable carbohydrates. Their ability to feed on cellulose is helpful when these insects are living outside in wooded areas. They help to speed up the decay of wood and other plant materials. Yet, when termites decide to invade our yards, homes, and businesses, they become unwelcome pests that we need to eliminate.

a closeup of a termite on a rock

Termites are social insects and live together in large colonies. Their larvae develop into either workers, soldiers, or reproductives (reproductive males and queens). Eastern subterranean termites are the most common species living throughout the country and in Central Georgia. As their name suggests, they nest under the ground.

Are termites dangerous?

The amount of damage that termites can cause after invading a home or business to feed on its structural wood makes Eastern subterranean termites dangerous pests. However, they cause no direct physical harm to people and aren’t known to spread disease, nor do they bite or sting.

As termites tunnel through and feed on structural wood, they cause damage that will eventually weaken the building’s structural integrity. Termites cause more than five billion dollars in damages across the country each year, and homeowners’ insurance does not cover these costs.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termites have high moisture needs and are attracted to pieces of wood damaged by water. Properties with or near lots of wooded areas, fallen trees, tree stumps, and other organic debris attract termites.

Termites often find their way into homes while moving through the soil to forage for food. Termites do not live in the wood that they feed on; they move back and forth from a food source to their nest each day. Termites often find their way into homes through cracks in the foundation while foraging for food. They also get inside through pieces of wood that are making direct contact with the soil, such as wooden steps, wood trim, and deck beams.

Where will I find termites?

After moving into a home or another structure, Eastern subterranean termites invade and feed on structural wood behind walls and under floors. They invade at ground level, and once the infestation grows, they will begin to move up walls and feed on the structural wood above ceilings. Outside, Eastern subterranean termites nest in moist soil under the ground.

Usually, the only time people come into contact with termites is during a termite swarm. Swarms usually occur in the spring when winged reproductives swarm from the colony to find a mate and create a new colony.

How do I get rid of termites?

Get rid of termites from your home or business with the help of the professionals at Blitz! Exterminators, LLC. We are a local pest control company dedicated to keeping residential and commercial properties located in Central Georgia free of pests!

Our family is committed to keeping your family and home safe from termites and other pests. We utilize advanced treatments and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods to eliminate current pest problems, prevent future pest problems, and provide our customers with peace of mind! If you are ready to eliminate termites and other pests from your Central Georgia property once and for all, call Blitz! Exterminators today.

How can I prevent termites in the future?

Make your Georgia property less attractive to termites by partnering with Blitz! Exterminators, and put into place the following prevention tips:

  • Eliminate any wood-to-soil contact on your property.

  • Remove wood debris from crawlspaces.

  • Replace any wood in your home damaged by water.

  • Use dehumidifiers to lower humidity levels in your home.

  • Make sure gutters and downspouts are allowing rainwater to flow freely and away from the exterior of your house.

  • Leave a barrier between any mulch or soil and your home’s foundation.

  • Replace wood mulch with rubber mulch or another non-organic material.

  • Remove things like fallen trees, leaf piles, excess woodpiles, and tree stumps from your yard.

 
 

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