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Fight Termite Infestation in Geogia

Thursday, December 15th, 2011 by Francine Maglione

Let Us Help You Fight Termites

A termite infestation means big trouble for a home. It can result in severe damage to a building that can cost thousands of dollars. Termites can work their way through nearly any type of building material - even concrete slabs. They feed on a variety of materials in the home such as wood, paper, books, drywall, leather, cellulose insulation, cardboard, and even animal fur.

There are a number of ways that termites can enter a building. According to Professional Builder magazine, they can get in through joints, pipe penetrations, bath traps, or even just crawling up siding on the outside of the house. You must keep the slab viewable from the outside by leaving 6 to 8 inches exposed at the bottom for inspections and to discourage termite infestation.

Subterranean termites are by far the most destructive species and live in colonies with up to 2 million termites in them. They can collapse a building entirely, meaning possible financial ruin for a homeowner. The hard, saw-toothed jaws of termites work like shears and are able to bite off extremely small fragments of wood, one piece at a time.

BusinessWorld reports that termites live in a central colony or nest from which they gather wood to eat. Termite workers strip and partially digest the wood before returning to the nest to feed millions of other termites in the colony. Attacking in large numbers, they can feed to the point of leaving only a thin veneer on the wood.

This can mean a seriously large repair bill for homeowners in Georgia. If you’re dealing with a termite infestation in Carrollton, GA or surrounding areas, contact Burroughs Pest Control today.

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