Termites in Georgia: A Homeowner's Guide

How common are termite infestations in Georgia?

Unfortunately, Georgia is a hotbed for termite infestations. The southeast is one of the most active areas in the country, especially for subterranean termites. Warm weather and moist soil contribute to active termite swarms throughout the year, especially in Spring and Summer.

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Do I have a termite infestation?

How can you tell if your home has termites? It isn’t always obvious. Activity can progress for years without apparent symptoms, so prevention is important in an active state like Georgia. Keep an eye out for the signs of a potential termite infestation, and contact a professional for an inspection if you suspect activity.

Signs of a Termite Infestation

  • Winged termite swarms emerging from the structure
  • Wings that have shed on windowsills or on the ground
  • Frass – small hexagonal fecal pellets
  • Mud tubes around the exterior of the building
  • Tunnels through wood in the home
  • Damaged wood, especially in a honeycomb pattern
  • Warped window or door frames and sagging floors
  • Wood that sounds hollow when you knock on it

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Types of Termites in Georgia

There are over 3,000 species of termites in the world. These species can be categorized into three main groups: subterranean, drywood, and dampwood.

In Georgia, there are two types of termites that cause the majority of home damage:

  • Subterranean Termites
  • Drywood Termites

Subterranean Termites in Georgia

  • The most common type of termite in the United States
  • Attracted to soft and rotting wood
  • Typically build colonies in moist soil underground near wooden homes and structures
  • May enter homes through mud tubes and cracks in the foundation

Drywood Termites in Georgia

  • Drawn to hardwood, including furniture
  • Unlike subterranean termites, they are not dependent on moisture in soil and wood
  • Can enter the home through accessible outdoor wood or furniture containing termites

Formosan termite in Georgia

  • A type of subterranean termite that are highly destructive due to their large colony size
  • Less common in Georgia, but have been sighted in the state
  • Can enter homes through mud tubes and cracks in the foundation

How to get rid of termites

What should you do if you think you have a termite problem? The first thing to do is to confirm if there is an infestation, and if so, its severity. Compass Pest Management is a family-owned termite control company that serves homes in the state of Georgia. Our team of certified professionals deliver fast, effective, and friendly service, eliminating termites and giving you peace of mind.

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