Atlanta Termite Control


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 its 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 dry wood 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.

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.

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 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. Taurus SC has emerged at the front of the termiticide pack. It is affordable, long lasting, 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 such as Taurus SC. 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. Boracare is a low toxicity spray-on wood treatment that lasts for the life of the wood.

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