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Old 07-04-2007, 06:35 AM
 
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Hi!
Has anyone had problems with termite control? And is it a big problem in GA? Is yearly foundation treatment enough to keep the problem at bay? Are there any other pesky visitors?
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Old 07-04-2007, 07:12 AM
 
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Termites can be a big problem. Especially in South Georiga. A complete treatment combined with yearly inspections is usually the way to go. Keep mulch away from the foundations. If the inspection shows a new infestation, then retreatment is in order.

Other pesty crittures??? You mean like several varities of roaches, fire ants, powder post beetles, carpenter ants, and the usual wasps and hornets?
Naw, we are so used to them that they are considered just part of living in the south.
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Old 07-04-2007, 07:31 AM
 
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Padgett you made me lol yeah, those critters - just ignoring them is the best solution?

So, the new recycled rubber (tire) mulch should take care of the termites around the foundation?
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Old 07-04-2007, 08:06 AM
 
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I have wondered about that rubber tire mulch. I think it's going to turn out to be a big mistake in some places. I don't know about everywhere, but HERE, there is enough sand and dust blowing about that it settles on the mulch. Eventually, there is a thick enough layer for weeds and little grasses to grow, and the leaves! You can't dig in it. All you can do is replace it. I think that would be a major pain in the you-know-what for the average homeowner. At least other types of mulch will decay and return to Nature.
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Old 07-04-2007, 11:19 AM
 
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You'd be crazy not to have some sort of termite service if you live in Georgia. We have the sentricon system which monitors termite activity. It's peace of mind.
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Old 07-04-2007, 12:46 PM
 
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I'll have to check into this sentricon system...

Didn't know about dust and sand blowing about... good point about the rubber tire mulch - so what do people use for mulch if you can't have a wood mulch by the foundation? Or do they plant low growing, spreading plants as a ground cover?

As I'm reading my reply to my husband he responded that you use stone and plant away from the foundation - is that it?
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Old 07-04-2007, 01:29 PM
 
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You can use stone. Pine straw is great! Just don't have it up against the house. Most houses in termite areas have termite shields. This makes a big difference. Older houses don't and sometimes end up infested. Houses with certain types of stucco have a big problem too.

Treating the ground and yearly inspections are the most sensible way to go.
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Old 07-05-2007, 03:44 AM
 
Location: Pembroke, GA
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Pine straw & chipped pine bark attract roaches, as well as all the other little creepy crawlies! Best to use stone or low growing plants. Definitely have to treat for termites every year in south GA.
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Old 07-05-2007, 06:57 AM
 
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Thanks for the information - something else to add to my check list!
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Old 07-06-2007, 11:05 AM
 
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Cool Termites

I lived in my North Georgia home for 20 years and never had any termites and never had it treated for termites. Think just depends on area where you live.
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