Termites Never Rest

Termites are social insects that never sleep, never stop working, and have been cleaning up forest debris for about 250 million years.  The problem is that they are blind and and don’t know, or care, that the wood in your home is not meant to be recycled quit yet.  Their relentless search for cellulose is a big problem here in Georgia. We are right in the middle of the list of 7 states in the Southeastern U.S. that are rated as Very High Risk for termites.

The most common termite that we deal with in North America is the Easter Subterranean Termite (Reticulitermes flavipes).  The food source for these termites is the wood that makes up your home and any thing that is made of cellulose materials.  Exposure to the air will dry up their exoskeletons and they will die, so they build mud tubes to travel up and around any physical barriers that are between them and their food.  One colony, (and most houses are surrounded by many) can have as many as 5 million workers and the queen can lay up to 10,000 eggs a year.  Most people notice they have a termite problem during the months of  late February thru May when they see them flying in the daytime.  This is what we call “Swarm Season”, it’s when termites briefly fly from the nest, loose their wings, and mate to start new colonies.  The “out of sight, out of mind” thing does not work for termites. Do not be fooled, just because you can’t see them, doesn’t mean they are not behind your drywall or under your carpet.

Fortunately, it is not too difficult to avoid a nasty termite problem and the possibility of having to rebuild parts of your home.  Liquid treatments are very good if they are done right, but there is a better way.  You do not have to put up with digging, drilling, and hundreds of gallons of termiticide chemicals around and under your house.  These chemicals can contaminate surrounding (visible) water or leach into the soil and contaminate ground water.

HERE’S HOW WE DO IT.  Simply by placing eco-friendly, discreet, non-intrusive termite stations about 10 feet apart around your home, we can target whole colonies with baits.  Termite workers find the wood and cellulose in the Termite Stations. We check the termite stations every 3 months and we find the termites feeding on the wood and cellulose, we in turn, replace the cellulose cartridge with a bait cartridge (about 3 ounces of solid bait). Termite workers collect the bait and feed it to all the other members and spread the toxins throughout the whole termite colony.  We continue baiting until the whole colony has been eliminated, then we replace the wood and cellulose cartridge and resume monitoring until the next colony moves close to the house.

We will inspect your home before we start to assure we agree on how much the cost will be.  We have a Retreat and Repair Contract and a price that is very, very competitive.  We take great pride in our technicians integrity to keep your house free from termites for years to come.

Chris Coyne – Owner

 

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