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What are termites?

Termites are small insects that feed on cellulose found in wood structures and other items such as wallpaper, books, and furniture. In North America, the two major kinds of termites we deal with are subterranean and drywood termites. Subterranean termites build their colonies underground, while drywood termites live and reproduce inside wood. Both types of termites can devastate wooden structures and properties, leading to costly repairs.

Are termites dangerous?

While they don't necessarily pose a health threat, termites can be dangerous to your home and property. They can cause extensive damage to wood, eating away at its structural integrity over time. In addition, their colonies often contain thousands of insects that can infest other areas of your home. Some examples of termite damage include structural damage to walls, beams, and foundations. In extreme cases, termite colonies can even cause the collapse of a building.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termites may have invaded your home due to a number of factors, including moisture, structural weaknesses, or other environmental conditions. For example, any untreated or unpainted wood can attract drywood termites. Subterranean termites need a source of moisture, such as a damp basement, leaking pipes, or faulty gutters. Additionally, wood or cellulose-based materials left near your home may draw termites.

Unfortunately, it can be very hard to control a termite infestation once it has taken root. If you think you have a termite problem, it is important to contact an experienced pest control professional as soon as possible. At Solstys Environmental, we specialize in providing comprehensive termite control services to help protect your home from these destructive pests.

Where will I find termites?

The problem with termites is that they can hide almost anywhere in your home. Subterranean termites usually build their colonies underground, while drywood termites tend to settle inside wood. While you're unlikely to spot the pests themselves, you may see other signs of termites in your home, such as:

  • Swarms of winged insects near doors and windows.
  • Discarded wings near windowsills, door frames, and other areas where they have been active.
  • Mud tubes running up the sides of the house.
  • Hollow-sounding wood in infested areas.

If you notice any of these signs, contact a termite removal specialist as soon as possible. Solstys Environmental can provide a detailed termite inspection and create a customized treatment plan to remove the infestation quickly and effectively.

How do I get rid of termites?

Termites are not pests you can eliminate on your own. It is crucial to contact a professional pest control company for assistance. Solstys Environmental offers top-quality pest control services in Atlanta that will eliminate termites and keep them away for good. Whether you are dealing with an existing infestation or looking for ways to prevent a future one, Solstys Environmental can help. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help protect your home from termites.

How can I prevent termites in the future?

Once you eliminate a termite infestation, it is important to take steps to help prevent them from returning. Some tips for preventing termites include:

  • Repairing any cracks or gaps in your foundation or walls.
  • Removing any damaged wood from around your home.
  • Keeping your gutters and drainage systems clear of debris.
  • Removing any woodpiles or other sources of cellulose material from near your home.
  • Maintaining low levels of moisture near the foundation of your home.

At Solstys Environmental, we can help you protect your home from termites and other pests. Our team of experts will eliminate these wood-destroying pests at the source and provide home pest control services to help prevent future infestations. Contact us today to learn more about our termite control and prevention services.

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