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The Breda Way:
Breda Pest Management is a family-owned, 2nd generation company that prides itself on doing what's right. At Breda, we believe in better service through science and technology.
Since 1973, Breda Pest Management has used effective termite control measures to safeguard you, your family members and your property. We go above and beyond industry standards by using Flir infrared cameras and a Termatrac for all inspections. After proper inspection, we use and recommend a Termidor treatment, and stand behind the effectiveness with a Repair Guarantee.
Termites pose a serious threat to Georgia homeowners. They can cause thousands of dollars of damage before they are spotted. Download Breda’s free guide: The Lifecycle of A Termite Colony and learn what you need to prevent costly property damage. You’ll learn about:
Facts about termites that are native to Georgia
Ways you can reduce the risk of termite damage to your home
How to get rid of a termite infestation
How to repair termite damage
No other company in Georgia uses infrared and a Termatrac to locate termite damage and termite activity.
At Breda, we take the inspection to a different level. We’ve been using Flir infrared cameras since 2005 and a Termatrac T3I on all termite inspections. The days of the flashlight and probing tool termite inspections are history. With infrared cameras you are able to ascertain the termite damage and conducive conditions without poking, probing and tearing open walls. Not only will we show you the exact location of the activity and the damage before the treatment, after the treatment we will show you that the termites have been eliminated.
The inspection is critical, but the method for elimination of the termites is paramount. We do not recommend bait stations alone as the treatment method.
Our Repair Guarantee:
You never have to worry about termite damage again. Once a home is under Breda's protection, if there are live termites, or termite damage to your property, whether it's cosmetic or structural damage, we will handle it with no charge to you.
Termites or Ants? How to Tell the Difference?
At first, termites and ants look very similar, especially if you're trying to identify the culprits without professional help. Keep these signs in mind when you are trying to identify your pests:
- Termites have two pairs of wings of equal length, ants will be unequal
- Termites have no pinched waist; the body of an ant will have a distinct pinched waist
- The antennae of a termite will be straight or slightly curved; the ant will have bent antennae
Quick Termite Facts:
- Termites display a caste system of organization: worker caste, soldier caste, and reproductive caste.
- Worker termites are physically and sexually immature males and females that make up the majority of the colony.
- Worker termites have many duties within the colony: locate & colonize food resources, excavate, repair & build galleries (shelter tubes), feeding, grooming and caring for the young termites within the colony.
- The soldier termites are physically and sexually immature males and females whose primary job is colony defense.
- Soldiers are easy to identify by their enlarged, yellowish-brown head and black mandibles (mouthparts) that they use to destroy enemies.
- Soldiers along with the worker termites are wingless and blind.
- The reproductive caste are the adult winged termites (called alates) also known as "swarmers."
- These reproducers are identified by their two pairs of wings of equal length, lack of a pinched waist, and straight/slightly curved, not bent antennae.
- Swarming termites DO NOT DO any damage.
- The reproducers job is to find a mate, reproduce and begin a completely new termite caste system.
Can you identify the worker, the soldier, and the reproducer?
What are the signs homeowners should look for?
Termites live in shelter tubes. These tunnels help regulate the termites body temperature. The first three images above show three different tunneling patterns. But, all three had live termite activity. Keep in mind that the termites are blind and are looking for anything cellulose, soft, and palletable.
We've all seen damage like this image, around an exterior window. Is it termite damage or just wood-rot? With our technology, we were able to show the homeowner there were no active termites. The Termatrac detected no movement, the moisture meter findings were positive, and the infrared showed the homeowner exactly how much wood was damaged.
Termites will swarm in the Spring, but termites are active 24/7/365. The ideal conditions for termites to swarm would be having the ground temperature at 70 degrees and a warm, sunny day following a heavy rain. Termites can swarm as early as February and as late as July, here in Georgia. It takes an average termite colony five years before reproducers develop. If you are seeing swarming termites in or around your home, you have a very mature, large termite colony nearby and you need to have the home inspected thoroughly. Most homeowners will come home to find the flying bugs inside their home. The termites swarm to light and sometimes they do swarm inside. Keep in mind, the reproducers do not do any damage. If you see swarming termites, call us, we'll show you with our technology where those hidden termites are located. No more guessing.