10 Termite Facts Every Homeowner Should Know
Termite can damage a home before the homeowner knows they have an infestation. These silent destroyers can eat a house starting from inside the wood and will chew their way toward the outside of the structure. This is why it can take years for termite damage to become noticeable. When external termite damage is present, the damage inside is likely much more extensive. Fortunately, the best termite defense is a solid preventative approach, so the more you know about termites, the better.
Here are ten termite facts every homeowner should know.
1 – Termite Damage Repair Is Expensive
According to the National Pest Management Association, termites cause an estimated $5 billion in damage each year. Atlanta Environmental Pest Services offers affordable, preventative termite treatments that are designed to repel termites from your home.
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2 – Colonies House Millions Of Termites
One termite colony can contain over 1 million termites at a time, and some homes may experience multiple colonies at once.
3 – Termites Are Mobile
Termites will travel more than 100 yards to look for food. This means that if your neighbors have termites, you could too, and vice versa.
4 – Georgia Has Termites
There’s no denying it. Georgia is home to a few different species of termites, including subterranean and drywood termites. The good news is that our termite control methods are effective against many species of termites.
5 – Termites Are Silent Destroyers
Termites can be on your property without showing any visible signs. They will start eating wood deep within your home until there is none left, then move outward. Termite damage repair is expensive due to how involved the damage can be. Implementing a preventative termite control defense can help deter termites away from your home with an active perimeter barrier.
6 – Homeowners Insurance Rarely Covers Termite Damage
Most insurance companies view termite damage as preventable (and it is). Many policies won’t cover termite damage for this reason. This makes preventative treatments all the more essential.
7 – They’ll Find The Smallest Entry Points
Termites only need a 1/16 inch gap to enter your home. That’s equal to the width of a credit card. Once inside, it’s only a matter of time before more termites find their way in.
8 – Termites Are A Year-Round Pest In Georgia
Swarming termites can be found in the spring, with subterranean and drywood termites sticking around all year. With the mild winters in Georgia, a termite infestation will remain active all year.
9 – Termites Have Long Lifespans
In fact, they have one of the longest lifespans of any insect. Termite queens can live up to several decades!
10 – Preventative Termite Protection Is Available Online or Over The Phone
It’s never been easier to schedule your initial termite consultation with Atlanta Environmental Pest Services. Our treatments are designed to offer lasting, effective protection. Have an existing termite infestation? We can exterminate the infestation while killing off the colony and the queen!