Flooded homes at higher risk for termites

"Structures in Georgia are particularly vulnerable to termite attack, and it is important to be protected," said Tommy Irvin, state agriculture commissioner.

On Thursday, Irvin issued a warning to Georgia residents, particularly those hit hardest by last month's historic rainfall. But even if your home didn't flood, the rain fall may have been enough to dilute previous chemical treatments, he said on the department's Web site.

"Termites love moisture," said Raj Patel, a Stone Mountain entomologist. "They don't have eyes, they go by sense."

The insects feast on wood, said Patel, who owns Servitix Termite and Pest Control. They're tiny though, making them hard to detect to the untrained eye. But termites can do considerable damage to structure if left untreated.

“If you have a liquid termiticide barrier treatment or termite monitoring/baiting programs, it is essential that the pest control company determine if the barrier or stations have been disturbed by heavy rains or flooding," Irvin said in the statement.

Patel advises homeowners call a professional to determine if termites are present. Soggy areas around wooden homes are a good indication the little bugs are on the way.

"As soon as they find the moisture, they try to go to that area," Patel said.

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