Termite Control and Prevention Services


Jarrod's Termite Control, Columbus, Georgia
Each year, termites invade millions of homes, causing billions of dollars in damage that’s rarely covered by homeowners insurance. While they’re found in every state except Alaska, they are a significant threat in the South. It’s not a matter of if your home will encounter termites but when; making termite control a necessity. A thorough inspection and home evaluation by a licensed termite professional is the first step in protecting your investment from these voracious pests.

Jarrod’s offers the best Termite Control Services in southwest Georgia and  southeast Alabama. We can apply a termite treatment to protect your home and it’s contents from sub-subterranean termites - GUARANTEED!   Call today for a free estimate ► 706-221-8000

The State of Georgia recommends two different guarantees and we carry them both. When you need to get rid of termites for good, call Jarrod's.


What will Jarrod’s do if termites return after treatment ?

Guarantee 1 : Jarrod's will retreat termite infestation and fix all related termite damage* (house must qualify for this guarantee with no conditions conducive to termite infestation.)

Guarantee 2: Jarrod's will retreat infested area only. (Most structures qualify for this guarantee.)

No Guarantee:  (Home provided only a spot treatment, not a complete treatment at home owners request).

* Your home’s annual guarantee renewal must be current to in order to enjoy these guarantee benefits.

Contact us today to schedule your free inspection.

Signs of Termite Infestation


Pencil-sized diameter or larger mud tubes running across bare concrete or masonry between the soil and any wooden part of your structure.
Thin, small, papery wings Thin, small, papery wings, all the same size and shape (3/8-1/2 inch long), found on your window sills, counter tops or floors (especially in the late spring and after a recent rain).
Thin, bubbled or distorted areas of paint or wood Thin, "bubbled" or distorted areas of paint or wood surfaces which feel cool to the touch.
Wooden building parts begin to sag Any wooden building parts (especially if they are support structures) begin to "sag" unexpectedly.
Subterranean Termites
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Subterranean Termite
Subterranean termites cause more damage to homes in U.S. than storms and fire combined; colonies can contain up to 1,000,000 members.

Subterranean termites nest in the soil to obtain moisture, but they also nest in wood that is often wet. They easily attack any wood in contact with the ground. If the wood does not contact the soil, termites can build mud tunnels or tubes to reach wood several feet above the ground. They can also enter a structure through expansion joints in concrete slabs or where utilities enter the house.

Winged termites emerging from the ground out-of-doors near the house do not necessarily mean the house is infested, but it is a good reason to check further. Termites in the wood of homes or other buildings usually come from colonies already established in the soil.


Foundation Treatments



Sanitation


Soil Treatments


Wood Treatments

Formosan Termites
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Formosan Termite

Originally from China, Formosan termites are the most voracious, aggressive and devious of over 2,000 termite species known to science. Formosan termites are a subterranean species of termite. Swarmer formosan termite are about 1/2 inch in overall length, including their wings.


The Formosan termite is found in states across the southern U.S., including Alabama, Florida, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas and Tennessee. However, they have also been located in smaller populations as far north as the Canadian border.


Formosan termites are social insects with three distinct forms (castes): the wingless or winged reproductives (alates), the protector soldiers and the workers. Since Formosan termite workers look very much like workers of other termite groups, the soldiers and winged alates are the castes that are useful to provide a correct identification. Because differentiation between Formosan termites and other termite groups is not easy, it is best to contact your pest management professional for help with providing an accurate identification.


The head of a Formosan termite soldier is oblong, whereas indigenous subterranean termites have rectangular heads. Formosan termite soldiers are also more aggressive when defending the nest than native subterranean termite soldiers.

When disturbed, the soldiers release a white liquid that is used for defense. The alates, or swarmers, are yellowish-brown and about ½ inch long. Alates have a thick covering of small hairs on their otherwise transparent wings.


Behavior, Diet, and Habits


Formosan termites are a type of subterranean termite that nests within the soil. They invade structures from the soil directly through wood to ground contact, or using mud tubes they construct up from the soil.


Formosan termites also can construct a carton which helps retain moisture in the nest. This can allow them to build nests that do not require them to return to the soil like most subterranean termites. Like all termites, they consume cellulose material such as wood.


Reproduction Colonies contain a queen which can produce more than 1,000 eggs per day. New colonies are created when winged males and females are released from the colony and swarm. They mate and go on to found new colonies.


Signs of Formosan Termite Infestation


Damage


Homeowners performing renovations may discover termite damage. As termites consume the wood they leave behind smooth sided galleries. Damaged wood may also cause walls or other parts of the structure to sag.


Swarmers


In late spring or early summer, Formosan colonies may produce swarms of winged males and females called reproductives. They are about 1/2 inch long, including their wings. They can be differentiated from winged ants by their straight antennae, equal-length front and hind wings, as well as their straight-sided waist.


Dampwood Termite
Dampwood termites do not create mud tubes as with subterranean termites. The appearance of timber damaged by dampwood termites can be varied but they always eat across the grain, consuming both spring and summerwood. While doing this, they make a series of chambers or galleries connected by tunnels whose walls are smooth as though they are finely 'sandpapered'. Dampwood termites as the name suggests, will only infest wood with a high moisture content.

The colonies of dampwood termites are exclusively wood dwelling, with most species not requiring contact with the soil. Dampwood termites may infest buildings or structures where timber is in contact with the soil or with moisture say from plumbing leaks, ventilation or drainage deficiencies. Old gutters filled with leaves may also cause excessive moisture to accumulate in wall cavities making it attractive to infestation by dampwood termites.
Drywood Termites
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Drywood Termites
Drywood termites are found in the southern tier of states, from North Carolina through the Gulf Coast and into the coastal areas of California. Moisture is not as important to drywood termites as it is to subterranean termites. Drywood termites require no contact with the soil or with any other source of moisture. They extract water from the wood on which they feed, and also produce water internally during the digestive process.
There are several alternatives for dealing with drywood termite infestations or damage, depending on the extent of the problem. This places great importance on an extremely accurate inspection of the structure.

No Control

Where the infestation is slight or damage is cosmetic and limited to one or two small areas, you may choose not to use any control measures. Drywood termite colonies often develop slowly; therefore, the costs incurred with some control measures may not be warranted. But if you choose not to control, be sure to maintain a monitoring program so you’ll know when and if control becomes necessary.

Wood Replacement

Where the infestation is limited, remove and replace damaged wood, preferably with pressure-treated wood that will protect against both termites and wood decay. Or it may be more practical to have a pest control operator apply special formulations of wood preservatives. They penetrate fairly deeply into unpainted wood surfaces, particularly cut ends and structural joints. Certain precautions are necessary to protect ceilings and painted surfaces from staining.

Tent Fumigation

Requires licensed professional pest control company and is very expensive.

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Jarrod's and let us get rid of termites for you. We are a licensed termite removal company in Georgia and Alabama.