Termites in Atlanta

Wednesday, February 2, 2011@ 6:35 PM
Author: Ken Martin

Like most places in the world, Atlanta is home to termites.  Lots of termites. Termites are small, white, tan, or black insects that can cause severe destruction to wood found in and around buildings. Along with the rest of the southern U.S, Atlanta has more than it’s share of termites. A common saying here is, “There are two kinds of houses in Atlanta: Those that have termites and those that are gonna get termites.”  Thankfully we don’t have to deal with drywood termites here in Atlanta.  Our primary concern is Reticulitermes flavipes, the eastern subterranean termite.  With 10 to 15 colonies per acre, and an average of 300,000 termites per colony, they are worthy of our concern. Remember this.

Termites don’t care what neighborhood you live in or how much money you make or even what kind of car you drive. They just want to devour the very walls around you.  Treating a home for termites is a more complex job than treating for most other insects.

So whether you are trying to prevent termites or you already have them, you have a myriad of choices to try and make sense of.  Should you hire an exterminator?  Should you treat it yourself?  Should you use termite baits?  Should you use a liquid treatment?  What termite bait is best?

It’s enough to make you crazy. Let’s take a look at some of the options, and hopefully we can help you make an informed decision.

For many years, the traditional method of controlling subterranean termites was to apply a liquid insecticide known as a termiticide, to the soil. The object was to apply a chemical to the soil around and beneath the structure in order to block all possible routes of termite entry. Any termites attempting to penetrate the treated soil were either killed or repelled.

There are, however many obstacles to forming such a barrier. Frequently, termite entry points are hidden behind walls, floor coverings, and other obstructions, making detection and treatment more of a challenge.

The development of new termiticides that can’t be detected by the termites has tilted the battle in favor of the home owner.  Dominion 2L has emerged at the front of the termiticide pack.  It’s affordable, long lasing, and very safe to use.

Other options include termite baiting and wood treatment.  The Advance Termite Bait System has proven itself over the years and is used throughout the country by most of the top termite control firms. Termite baiting is a good alternative to soil treatment, especially in preventative treatments.  When there are active termites in the home, baiting is a good second tier treatment to use in conjunction with soil treatments.  This allows you the option to go with a spot treatment of the infested area or a complete treatment.

Wood treatment, while not recommended as a standalone measure, can be combined with other methods to treat critical areas and provide additional protection.  BorRam is a low toxicity spray-on wood treatment that lasts for the life of the wood.  Unlike many other wood treatments, BorRam is readily soluble in cold water, making it the clear choice for ease of use.

Remember that our trained staff of pest control experts can help you with any questions concerning mixing or application of the products. We are only a phone call away and eager to help you “Do Your Own Pest Control”.

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