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Warm Georgia Weather a Catalyst for Termite Activity

Termites are busy insects – they spend most of their time chewing through wood around the country, destroying the foundations of homes and commercial buildings alike. Termites aren’t new, and Truly Nolen has been protecting home and business owners from these voracious pests for over 50 years, ensuring that our customers don’t become an insurance statistic: $5 billion in damage caused to US homes each year.

Termites are a pest to watch out for according to National Pest Management Association

Just when you think you know everything about a bug, they seem to keep a few tricks up their sleeves; research done by entomologists at the University of Florida shows that termites become more efficient as the mercury rises. The rate at which termites tunnel and consume wood at 95 degrees Fahrenheit is significantly faster than at temperatures ranging from 77 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

This news may concern Atlanta residents, who are more than familiar with how hot Atlanta can get in the middle of the summer. Fortunately, Truly Nolen Atlanta’s pest experts have perfected the art of termite control and protection with our Total Termite Protection (TTP) program, which provides multi-layered protection in and around your home, regardless of the temperature.

If you’re not sure whether termites are munching on your home or business, check for the common signs of a termite infestation, which include:

  • Hollow-sounding wood: Support beams in most homes are 16” apart. Try measuring this distance and knocking on the beams to check their integrity.
  • Mud tubes on interior walls provide termites with the moisture they need to continue feeding on cellulose materials.
  • Discarded insect wings can be an indication of swarmers, who will shed their wings once they have found an acceptable place to start their nest.

Time is of the essence when dealing with a termite infestation, and the heat does not help. Call Truly Nolen Atlanta for a free pest inspection to confirm the presence of termites and more information on our Total Termite Protection (TTP) plan.

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