Press Release - For Immediate Release
Monday, September 25, 2017
Office of Communications
Property Owners Urged to Consider Potential Termite Concerns in Wake of Irma
Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black and the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Structural Pest Division are urging homeowners to reevaluate their property’s pest control solutions in the wake of Irma.
The wind and storm surge along the Georgia coast destroyed many homes and businesses. The high volume of water entering homes will require many homes in this area to rebuild or repair the damage. Flooding can affect soil treatments by washing away treated soil or depositing mud, soil, or sand on top of treated areas. Termite bait systems may be compromised when soil or debris is deposited on top of stations or if equipment is disturbed or removed by flooding or the rebuilding process. Repair and replacement of treated wood or other structural components may also compromise the termite protection provided to homeowners.
“This storm brought a lot of damage to a lot of Georgians,” Commissioner Black said. “As we clean up and get back to business, I would like to encourage property owners to include checking their termite protection while they assess property damages.”
The Structural Pest Division at the Georgia Department of Agriculture has received questions from Georgia consumers regarding their current protection against termites. A pest management professional can help determine if termite protection has been compromised and if treatment is necessary.
Retreatment will be needed if there is movement of the foundation or adjacent slabs such as patios or walkways. Any reconstruction of landscaping that disturbs the treated soil may compromise the overall protection of the structure.
Property owners should review their termite control contract to determine who is responsible for the reestablishment of the termite protection, which should be listed under the ‘terms and conditions’ within the contract. Contact should be made with the insurance company to determine if the termite retreatment is covered.
Consumers are urged to only seek advice and use licensed professional pest control companies. If a company is not licensed by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, it is illegal for them to practice termite control work in Georgia. For more information on pests of concern after flooding and for a list of all licensed professional pest management companies visit http://agr.georgia.gov/structural or contact the Structural Pest Section at (404) 656-3641.
The Georgia Department of Agriculture is responsible for licensing the professional pest management companies who perform termite control. There are approximately 1,200 of these companies operating in Georgia. Consumers can learn more about the Department’s Structural Pest Section by visiting www.agr.georgia.gov.
About the GDA The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state’s agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visit www.agr.georgia.gov.