Pest Advice Blog

Dear Termites, Why My House?

Termites are far more active in the south than in any other part of the country, namely due to the hot, humid weather and an abundance of wooden foundation elements found in homes unique to that area.

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Termites, especially subterranean termites, are Atlanta’s biggest threat where around 1 in every 8 homes has or has had a termite problem. Not only is this a consideration for current homeowners, but it also presents an additional element of concern for those wishing to purchase a home. Previous homeowners may not even be aware that they are leaving behind a termite problem and new homeowners may be faced with inheriting this issue unless proper inspections have been performed.

Developed by the US Forest Service several years ago, Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones) estimate termite activity throughout the country and areas that are more susceptible than others, especially when it comes to the common subterranean termites. Southern and Southeastern states such as Georgia are some of the most heavily affected areas (TIP Zone # 1). The TIP Zones map is used by several agencies such as The US Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the International Code Council that utilizes the map to determine building code requirements for subterranean termite prevention.

TIP Zone

More than just a nuisance pest, Termites represent a real economic impact to homeowners as infestations can go undetected for long periods of time, reaching a level of destruction that can be quite costly. Since termites are considered structural pests, meaning they are known to invade and eat wood structures, it is particularly important for homeowners to be vigilant to their immediate surroundings, as well as consistent with their pest control treatments.

Truly Nolen Atlanta understands the challenges that Atlanta residents face and are specifically trained to inspect, monitor and treat any signs of termite infestation.

Trees and wood and termites, oh my!

Known for its vibrant and trendy downtown area as well as options to pursue more nature-inspired expeditions, Atlanta is a true hot spot for visitors and residents alike to enjoy a variety of activities. The city features an array of entertainment options, but the true beauty of the state lies in its topography, boasting an assortment of plants and flowers, and over 250 types of trees seen growing all throughout.

Sprawling landscapes meet urban development in a unique blend of what makes Atlanta special. Unfortunately, it is also this characteristic that accounts for one of the highest levels of termite activity in the country. Homes and commercial properties are intermingled with dense areas of trees and nestled within the wood laden forests of Georgia. With Atlanta homes in such close proximity to densely populated areas of trees; it is inevitable that homeowners will never cease to experience problems with termites whose favorite meal includes anything made of wood.

Termite Damage Statistics:

  • It’s estimated that termites and similar pests cause $30 billion in damage to crops and man-made structures in the U.S. each year.
  • A homeowner who discovers termites will spend an average of $3,000 to repair the termite damage.
  • Termites damage approximately 600,000 homes in the U.S. each year.
  • U.S. residents spend an estimated $5 billion annually to control termites and repair termite damage.
  • Experts estimate Georgia residents spend between $200 million and $300 million each year to control and repair subterranean termite damage.

Types of Termites Found in Georgia

Though each species of termites have specific ways in which they are destructive to homes, their common trait include consuming cellulose, found in wood and wood products. Different types of termites also swarm at specific times of the day, as well as between certain months of the year.

  • Eastern Subterranean – Early swarmers that are seen between February and May and will usually swarm during the day.
  • Formosan Termite – Late swarmers that come out at night.
  • Tropical rough-headed Drywood Termite – Late spring to summer, swarms at night.
  • Dark Southeastern Termite – During the day between March and June.
  • Southeastern Drywood –Swarms during the night all throughout spring.

What makes Atlanta Homes so appealing to Termites?

Wood destroying insects (a.k.a. Termites!) are particularly drawn to homes in Atlanta for a variety of reasons. In addition to the warm, humid climatic conditions that make it ideal for termites to swarm, certain features that are unique to Atlanta homes also make for favorable conditions for overzealous termite activity:

  • Wooden siding, porches and decking
  • Crawl spaces beneath most homes
  • Basements and attics
  • An affinity for wood design elements such as fences, outdoor storage sheds and more
  • Storage of firewood in and outside of the home
  • Wooden roof shingles on older homes

While Atlanta residents are busy enjoying their city, calling your Truly Nolen Atlanta pest professional for a free termite inspection can prevent termites from invading and enjoying your home! Contact us today to learn more on how we can keep your Atlanta home pest free.

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