• Jon Stoddard

All About Eastern Subterranean Termites and Treatments

Subterranean termites are the most damaging bugs in Flagler County and Volusia County, Florida. Hundreds of people from these areas hit the internet and search for, call "pest control near me," every year to tackle these destructive termites. Every year thousands of termite swarms occur in thousands of homes and properties.

Subterranean Termites will find and destroy any wood or cellulose-based materials they can readily access. Subterranean termites prefer to live underground, seeking cellulose in wood. It can be hard to detect them and tricky to get rid of them since they are so small and tend to be hiding behind the walls rather than in visible locations. It is critical to eradicating the destructive subterranean termites before they cause significant structural damage to your home or business.

Termites cause tremendous damage to homes. If you live in Daytona Beach, need Palm Coast Pest Control, New Smyrna Beach, Deltona, and the surrounding Volusia and Flagler Counties of Florida. These Subterranean Termites cause billions of dollars of extensive damage every year in Florida alone. Suppose you have a house or business located in Daytona Beach, Florida, or one of the other mentioned towns listed in this pest control blog post. In that case, you have a high chance of encountering a subterranean termite or Drywood termite concern at some point and will require a termite treatment company. It is also a great idea to have an annual WDO inspection to check the property by a trained pest control company specializing in termite treatments.

There are over thousands of different termite species globally, with many termite species in the United States. In Florida, the three most problematic ones are Formosan, Eastern Subterranean, and Drywood termites.

Eastern Subterranean Termite Behavior

These termites create colonies in the soil and then move from underground into a building by constructing mud tubes, sometimes referred to as shelter tubes. Subterranean Termites can gain entry in as little as a 1/8-inch opening.

Like Formosan termites, some types of subterranean termites may consist of a million workers in a single colony. Subterranean termites in numbers like this would be enough to infest a neighborhood.

These Subterranean termites locate food by fanning out in various directions, searching for wood or cellulose materials to ingest. Once a worker termite finds a food source, it uses chemical pheromones to communicate with the other termites to signal a designated feeding site.

The leading supplier of the colony is looked after by Subterranean Termite workers. The Termite Workers feed the king, queen, and soldiers. The king and queen produce new termites, while the workers eat wood and feed the others.

Soldier termites help to guard against ants and other invaders. Ants, a natural predator of Termites, will readily attack colonies of termites by dismantling heads and consuming the termite bodies. Soldier termites have sharp mandibles, which they will readily use for defense. However, ants are quicker, stronger, and have a body much like armor than termites, resulting in the termites' demise.

Termite Castes Explained

A caste means a social ranking, or it can mean a social insect system. Termite colonies usually consist of a king, a queen, soldiers, workers, larvae, and eggs. Termite Eggs hatch into larvae. Nymphs become worker termites. Soldiers feed on cellulose.

Alates is the name given to reproductive winged termites, which are future Termite kings and queens. it is important to know how to identify the difference between ant and termite swarmers. These new Termite queens will lay eggs to begin a new cycle of termite families. On average it may take up to a total of eight years on average to complete this whole cycle. Between late February and late May or June, you can see swarming activity in southeastern Florida. I have personally seen termite swarms as early as December, depending upon certain weather conditions.

Best Termite Treatment Method For Subterranean Termites

A Trench and Treat termite treatment method with a superior product is the best-known science-backed treatment method for Subterranean termites. Professional Pest Control Companies drudge a trench up to 6-inches wide and up to 6-inch deep, depending on the product used. A liquid termiticide is then strategically applied to the Trench. Locations with stones, weed barriers, roots, or other places that may prohibit a trench will have treatment by rodding methods.

Locations with concrete or asphalt around the property require drilling through the slabs. The liquid termiticide is applied through the termite treatment holes. After the completed application, the termite treatment holes are then patched with appropriate plugs.

Fipronil and Imidacloprid, found in many premium liquid termiticides, can stay active in the soil for up to 10 years, backed by science. This treatment method has the most backing, is the most thorough, and provides the most protection of a home since these science-based treatments bind to organic material such as the soil in the Trench and do not leach or breakdown for an extended amount of time.

There are millions of subterranean termites in Volusia County homes located in Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, and Palm Coast. Subterranean termites can destroy buildings at an alarming rate. Inland towns of West Volusia such as Deltona, Debary, and Sanford also are not spared when it comes to Subterranean and Drywood Termites.

Florida homeowners have performed renovations only to find that termites have silently been destroying their homes. Termite damage can be inconvenient, time-consuming, and expensive to fix; therefore, we always recommended having a WDO inspection performed at least once a year, along with keeping a termite policy on your home since termite colonies can remain unnoticed for multiple years until they start swarming.

Termite Bait Stations for Termite Eradication

Imperial Pest Prevention, in some instances, uses Trelona bait stations with an annual baiting system. These systems are not as effective as the Trench mentioned above and treatment methods for treating termites. These Termite Bait Stations are primarily used on homes surrounded by concrete around them, homeowners who do not wish to drill holes around a home's perimeter, or those homes with certain landscape restrictions. Bait stations are installed 8 to 10 feet apart from the structure being treated.

The size of your property defines the number of termite treatment stations needed. Every station is installed 12 to 18 inches away from the foundation, 10 to 12 inches deep in the soil. Before each Termite Treatment Station is installed, we make sure there are no obstructions, such as underground irrigation water lines.

Trelona Termite bait stations are installed anywhere termites may forage, such as near woodpiles, tree stumps, or near falling tree limbs and branches. Other conducive areas include high moisture locations like irrigation systems, gutter downspouts, and AC units.

Each station contains a compressed termite bait cartridge formulation of cellulose and Noviflumuron, an insect growth inhibitor. Noviflumuron stops subterranean termites from molting and developing. Disrupting the termites' development in this way leads to the whole colony declining and dying.

Hybrid Termite Treatments

Imperial Pest Prevention may recommend a trench and treat termite treatment alongside bait stations for homes currently infested with termites. If your home has unique needs, imperial pest prevention will customize a special treatment for your specific needs. If you suspect termites or other wood destroying organisms in your home, contact us. Imperial Pest Prevention is a full-service pest control company that provides tent fumigation, termite spot treatments, Termite trench and treat methods, and termite bait station services.

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