What To Do If You Think Your Atlanta Home Has Termites

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Termites are invasive bugs that can become a big problem over time. In Atlanta, subterranean termites, drywood termites, and Formosan termites are the most common species that residents have to deal with. If these termites are able to get to a wooden surface on your property, they will continue to eat away at the wood, which can eventually cause structural damage.

At Squash A Bug Pest Control, we have a team of highly-trained Atlanta pest control technicians that take your safety seriously. Our eco-friendly pest control solutions can help eliminate these destructive bugs and prevent them from coming back. Keep reading to learn the steps you should take if you suspect you have a termite problem on your property. 

How A Termite Infestation Starts

Termite infestations usually start with termite swarmers. These winged termites will leave their nest during the early spring and summer to mate. Once they have found a mate, they will discard their wings and start their own colony. If you see swarmers around your house or find their discarded wings, your home should be inspected for termites as soon as possible.

Unsubtle Signs Of Termite Damage

Termites may be small, but their damage can be difficult to ignore. If you have subterranean termites on your property, you will probably start to see long and thin mud tubes around your home. These tubes are made from mud and other materials and protect termites as they travel from their nest to your home. Other signs of termites that you might notice include:

  • Small holes in the wooden surfaces of your home
  • Brittle wood that crumbles easily
  • Peeling paint
  • Buckling or warped wood
  • Windows and doors that become difficult to open or close
  • Loose tiles

When termites invade your home, you may not notice the damage they are causing over time, but as they continue to eat away at the inside of your home, the effects will become noticeable. If the problem is left untreated, the damage will continue to get worse. And while it could take a long time, the damage may even get so bad that it could cause your home to become structurally unsound. 

Why DIY Termite Control Can Do More Harm Than Good

There are many do-it-yourself termite treatment options that are available on the market. While some of the treatments may seem like inexpensive options, they can actually end up costing you more money in the long run. Most DIY termite control options are ineffective. They are designed to only treat a portion of the problem, which means you will have to continue buying more products every few weeks to keep the problem at bay. Some treatments can also make the problem worse and cause the termites to retreat deeper into their nest, where they can safely reproduce and continue building their numbers.

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Termites And Keep Them Away

It can be almost impossible for a person that is not experienced in termite control to eliminate termites on their own. At Squash A Bug Pest Control, we have years of experience dealing with termites. Our customized and eco-friendly termite treatment plans are tailored to fit your individual needs and get down to the root of the problem. We understand that there is a specific set of steps that must be taken in order to achieve total termite control.

If you are looking for an easy way to get rid of the termites on your Atlanta property for good, give us a call today to get your free quote, and don't forget to ask us about our pest-free guarantee!

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