We love providing Metro Atlanta homeowners with superior pest control service and top-notch information on how to combat common insects and critters in Georgia. But we also know that sometimes you just have a random question you'd love a quick answer for.
If you've got a pest question, reach out to us on Facebook and Instagram with your question and use the hashtag #AskBREDA. Then check back to the blog each month to see if we tackle your question!
This month, we received these questions:
Question: Do termites only eat wood?
Unfortunately, termites are not picky eaters. In the forest, termites are actually considered primary decomposers, which is great for the ecosystem but bad when considering that your home is likely surrounded by starting courses for termite colonies. As we've mentioned before, termites are drawn to anything containing cellulose, which is why they love wood so much. Outside of your home's wooden structural work, other cellulose sources around you are things in your landscaping like mulch and tree stumps, cardboard boxes and things made from cotton (hello, clothing!) that might be stored in your attic, basement, or garage, and even elements of your home's design, like wallpaper or even drywall. We offer a variety of pest management solutions including termite control services.
So the bottom line is that termites are determined and willing to chow down on a wide variety of meal options if wood is not readily available. That's why it's so important to find a termite control method that is effective and easy to maintain. Only 25% of homeowners in Georgia have on-going termite protection, and those 25% might not even know that their current coverage doesn't actually cover everything. BREDA uses industry-leading technology to locate and eradicate termites from your property, and with BREDA's termite guarantee, you never have to worry with termites and the extensive damage they cause ever again. If you find termites, BREDA will treat again at no charge, fix the damage caused at no charge, AND the remainder of your 10-year contract is FREE.
Question: Are snake traps a good way to keep snakes away from my home?
With spring in full swing, you might start spotting more snakes as they come out of hibernation, looking for food. Setting up snake traps might seem like a good idea, but you're just utilizing a temporary fix. Snakes are looking more for food than shelter right now, so if you really want to keep snakes away from your home, cut off any chance of them finding a good meal. Keep an eye out for signs of rats, mice, moles, voles, or chipmunks around your home. If you do spot some, BREDA will happily help get them under control and off the menu!
As the temperatures rise, snakes will be looking for dark, cooler places to rest out of the summer sun and heat. Since snakes see thermally, your basement, garage, or covered porch or patio may look like an oasis to snakes. Keep your garage and basement doors and windows closed, and make sure to not leave any potential hiding spot opportunities up for grabs on your porch or patio. (Playhouses and playground equipment can look very tempting!)
If you find yourself needing pest control and want it handled thoroughly, don't hesitate to give us a call. The BREDA Guarantee promises to fix your pest problem and keep it fixed—no matter the circumstances. Schedule a consultation online or give us a call at 770-466-6700.