Termite inspections in Cherokee County Georgia
Eastern subterranean termites are a common and widely distributed termite in Georgia. It is a problem for homeowners from all over Cherokee County and throughout the Eastern United States as far west as Montana. This native species feeds on materials as structural wood, wood fixtures, paper, books, and cotton. Termites will even attack the roots of shrubs and trees.
At full size the colony of Eastern subterranean termite numbers can be as high of 5 million workers, with an average of 300,000. The colony’s queen will add 5,000 to 10,000 eggs per year to the total.
There will often be more than one colony working in a single building.
Signs of Eastern subterranean termites include dirt-colored tubes built to serve as protected paths from the earth to the wood the termites are feeding on, and the translucent wings shed by the kings and queens during swarming. Swarming usually occurs in the spring, but other, smaller swarms can occur throughout the summer and fall.
Some quick facts about Eastern subterranean termites:
- An average Eastern subterranean termite colony can consume several feet of a 2′ x 4′ pine board annually.
- Colony growth is slow, and it may take years before swarmers are produced.
- Eastern subterranean termites can enter buildings through cracks less than 1/16 of an inch wide.
- The termite colony is made up of different types (castes) of termites—each with separate work responsibilities.
- Eastern subterranean termite colonies are largely located in the ground below the frost line.
- Eastern subterranean termites will often build mud tubes for travel between their colonies and their food sources.
- The king and queen in a colony can live for 5 to 15+ years, while workers live for about two years.
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