Termites are wood-destroying insects; experts estimate they cause $5 billion of property damage each year. In Georgia, Eastern and Formosan Subterranean Termites build underground nests. They are extremely destructive, because they tunnel their way to wooden structures, into which they burrow to obtain food. Termites all share a virtually insatiable appetite for wood and other cellulose-containing materials. Given enough time, they will feed on the wood until nothing is left but a shell.
Termites: What to Look For
You’re more likely to discover you have a termite problem by discovering the evidence they leave behind rather than the actual termites themselves. Here are some example of the evidence they leave behind:
Piles of small, delicate wings shed by reproductives
Mud tubes built by termites for above ground travel
Termites typically go unnoticed by the homeowner for several years after a colony has been established. If untreated, it takes three to five years for these colonies to produce the winged swarmers that propagate and establish more damaging colonies. Most building owners don’t know about the termites until they see the winged swarmers and by that time, substantial damage may have occurred. Worse yet, often a colony releases its swarmers outdoors, and these often go completely unnoticed. A typical mature colony of 240,000 termites consumes an average of about 20 grams of wood in a 24 hour period. This converts to about 16 pounds of wood per colony each year! That may not seem like much, but like a cancer that spreads slowly, it’s much better to catch it sooner than later. That is why is highly recommended to have one of Forsyth Exterminating’s termite professionals do regular inspections as part of a preventative maintenance program. Catching the termites early in their invasion means you spend less money and are at lesser risk of incurring any major structural damage. Termites are among the most costly of all insect pests. Subterranean termites alone cause more than 1.5 billion dollars in the United States, annually.
Termites: What to Do
It is quite possible to have a hidden termite problem even if you never notice any of these signs. The best way to be sure is to call 770.889.0954 to conduct a complete inspection and analysis of your property.