Importance of Annual Termite Inspections

Termite inspection AcworthThere is an old saying in the pest control community, “There are two kinds of homes in Georgia, those that have termites now, and those homes that will get termites. In Georgia there can be 8-12 colonies of active termites in every acre of land so they are definitely prevalent in our environment. Some homeowners do not believe an annual termite inspection is necessary if their home has had a previous treatment. This is a misconception because a termite colony does not know the difference between dead wood on the ground the wood used to build a home or other type of structure and periodic inspections are needed by a trained pest control professional to make sure there is no additional infestation.

Termites can do extensive damage if undetected. Subterranean termites will consume up to three percent of their body weight in wood each day depending on environmental conditions, size of the termite, and the size of the colony. The average mature colony can consume five grams or 1/5 ounce, of wood each day. It can take 118 days for a mature termite colony to consume one foot of a pine 2×4 wall stud.

Termites often can do damage to a structure and go unnoticed because the homeowner may overlook the sign of damage.  During an inspection by a trained pest control professional, the only visible sign of termite damage may be a small mud tube in the crawlspace, attic, or even on the exterior of the home’s foundation, behind shrubbery or tall grass.

Termite protection is provided in different forms. The cost associated will vary with the type of protection and the labor associated with the treatment. Comprehensive liquid treatments are the most labor intensive form of termite control. These treatments include treating block, brick, support piers, attached slabs and digging a trench inside and outside the foundation.

Baiting systems are another way to protect a structure. The baiting system is installed to intercept foraging termites before they reach a home or building. The baiting system is installed every 10 to 20 feet around the structure and add-ons including decks, patios, and driveways. The baiting systems are effective because termites will find the bait station as they forage for food. A quarterly inspection once a baiting system is in place is standard. This is to ensure that active termites do not reenter the structure. A homeowner may also choose to have their home inspected every year for termites instead of treating with one of the different protection methods, although the potential for infestation and damage in the interim is greatly increased with this option.

The most important part of a homeowner’s protection plan is an annual termite inspection and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their home, the biggest investment that most people will make, is being protected. The annual termite inspection is a form of insurance. Homeowners do not always realize that just because the structure has been treated for termites that a re-infestation can occur and without this annual termite inspection the structure can be at risk for further termite damage and that they could incur costs to repair this damage.

At Protect All Pest Control, we are trained to inspect for termite infestations and damage as well as offering both liquid and bait system protection plans.  Protect your investment with the combination of a termite treatment and inspection plan from Protect All Pest Control.  For an inspection of your home as well as quotes on prevention and treatment plans, contact us at 770-728-8520.


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