Termite Treatment Company
What Are Termites?
A termite is in the family of wood-destroying insects that feed on wood, paper products, or cellulose material. We typically find three different termites in Florida: Subterranean, Drywood Termites, and Damp Wood. Termites cause billions of dollars in damage to businesses and homes yearly. Termites pose a considerable threat to homeowners than tornadoes, lightning, fires, and hurricanes combined. It is estimated that there may be 1,000 pounds of termites for every human on earth! These are just a couple of minor reasons to have your property protected from subterranean termites, Drywood termites, and the damage they cause. For years, Imperial Pest Prevention has employed the most technologically advanced Subterranean and Drywood termite treatment techniques while offering the highest quality service and competitive pricing in the pest control industry. Click this video from our Imperial Pest Prevention YouTube page to know how to Recognize a Termite Infestation.
What Type Of Termites Are In Florida?
Subterranean termites come from the Isoptera insect order, which has lived on earth for millions of years. There are three forms of subterranean termites, workers, soldiers, and swarmers. Each of these forms, ' castes,' has specific characteristics. Subterranean Termites construct Mud tubes known as shelter tubes or tunnels. Subterranean Termites require constant earth contact and build these" Mud Tubes" to shelter themselves from predators and create a highway to food sources they feed. The Subterranean termite dubs the name subterranean because it lives underground; subterranean colonies can consist of numbers in the millions; for this reason, Subterranean Termites are the most destructive termite species. Termites are a non-sleeping constant energy source. They will consistently feed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and all 365 days of the year nonstop with jaws that quickly destroy wood at a rapid rate. If left untreated, Subterranean Termites will cause mass damage to the home to the point that it may become structural and ultimately result in expensive repairs. If you suspect a termite infestation or see insects around, it is best to contact a pest control specialist like Imperial Pest Prevention. Call Us at 386-956-9506, so we can perform a WDO inspection and discuss subterranean termite treatment options.
Drywood termites, wood-destroying insects, generally live, feed and nest in wood containing deficient moisture levels. Drywood Termites do not require earth contact as Subterranean termites do. In Florida, we are in a very humid state. Because of this, undamaged wood like that in your home contains a moisture content to a certain degree. This amount of moisture is enough for Drywood termites to pull a food and moisture source, resulting in them thriving.
A byproduct of Drywood Termites feeding is fecal pellets known as frass. Frass is small 6-sided concave pellets that resemble coffee grounds and are extremely hard. These small pellets are usually how a homeowner first finds out that Drywood Termites are feeding on their home. In many cases, a homeowner sees them in a neat little pile, cleans, or vacuums them up only to find them quickly return. If you suspect a termite infestation or see insects around, it is best to contact a pest control specialist like Imperial Pest Prevention call us at (386) 956-9506 so we can perform a WDO Inspection and discuss Drywood termite treatment options.
Since Drywood Termites do not require ground contact, they have also been known to infest furniture. Many documented cases exist, especially with antique collectors, who buy a secondhand piece of furniture to discover later that it had Drywood Termites. Drywood termites will not discriminate against any type of wood, contrary to many people's beliefs. They will readily consume timbers, framing, flooring, and any other type of woodwork in buildings and furniture. If you notice any possible signs of termites, we recommend you contact us at (386) 956-9506, so we can evaluate what you may be seeing. Drywood Termite treatments can be as simple as a spot treatment and as severe as needing a tent fumigation specialist. To see treatment options, please click this link for Termite Treatment Options.
How To Eliminate Termites
As a homeowner, property owner, or renter, the word termites can be scary. Termites are hidden destroyers and require the help of a pest professional like Imperial Pest Prevention. Because termites are hidden and most likely unseen, they can unknowingly cause extensive, expensive damage. Ignoring symptoms of a possible termite infestation can be detrimental to your home. These homeowner tips for preventing termites help reduce some of the probability of a termite encounter in your home.
Fix Water Leaks
Termites love moisture sources. They are usually a secondary problem due to the primary problem source being moisture in the first place. Locations of leaks like faulty shower pans, AC condensation drip lines not being extended far enough away from the structure, and leaky pipes under the sink. Ridding your home of these leaks will cause your home to be less desirable to termites and other insects.
Seal Up Entry Points
Sealing off accessible entry points makes a significant impact on reducing insect activity in a home. Simple fixes like caulking around windows, replacing gable vents or soffit vents when damaged, and weather stripping of doors will help. The more locations you can find to seal, the better.
Choose a gardening substrate other than Mulch.
Mulch is already deadwood that can hold moisture and decay speedily. Because it has moisture, allows shelter, and is a readily available food source, it is the least ideal substrate to use around your home. If you like the look of Mulch, they now make a rubber mulch made from recycled tires that perform well for drainage while allowing the look of Mulch. It is a little pricier per bag, but it will pay for itself in the long run. Rock is also an excellent alternative to Mulch.
Store lumber away from the structure and off the ground.
Those who have fireplaces or fire pits tend to store firewood close by the home or within proximity to the structure. Woodpiles are excellent locations to harbor insects and termites. Stored lumber should be kept at least 25 feet away from home and should be off the ground.
Another termite favorite is overgrown plants around the exterior of the home. Keeping them at least 18" from touching the structure is crucial if you have plants around your home. Plants that get too close to the house can also cause the soil level to get high. If soil levels get high enough, they can engulf the slab and become in contact with wood siding. Once you have earth-to-wood contact, you have created the perfect recipe for termites.
Termite Control Near Me
An Imperial Pest Prevention professional will perform a thorough termite inspection of your property and compose an ideal Termite treatment strategy that will be accurate and effective. A written termite proposal will be presented, detailing the inspection results and treatment options. Your Imperial Pest Prevention associate will be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with termites or termite treatments and recommend the appropriate treatment.
Regardless of whether you concur with Drywood Termites or Subterranean Termites, you are covered. We also handle Powder Post Beetles, Old House Borers, Wood Decaying Fungus, and Spot treatments; there is no job too big or small. Protect your investment today!
Don't hesitate to contact us to set up a Termite WDO inspection or Termite treatment for your property. We offer termite inspections and consultations. Call today for a service consultant to evaluate your property at no charge. Our complete pest control services will ensure your investment is protected (386) 956-9506.
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