What are Termites?
A termite is in the family of wood-destroying insects that feed on wood, paper products, or cellulose material. Here in Florida, we typically find three different types of termites, which are Subterranean Termites, Drywood Termites, and Damp Wood Termites. Termites cause billions of dollars in damage to businesses and homes yearly. Termites pose a huge threat to homeowners, more so than tornadoes, lightning, fires, and hurricanes combined. It is estimated that for every human on earth, there may be 1,000 pounds of termites! These are just a couple of minor reasons to have your property protected from subterranean termite, 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 for information on How to Recognize a Termite Infestation.
The Different Types of Termites in Florida
Below you will Find out about the different types of Termites that frequent Florida.
Homeowner Tips to Help Reduce Termite Infestations
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 cause extensive, expensive damage unknowingly. Ignoring symptoms of a possible termite infestation can be detrimental to your home. These homeowner tips for preventing termites help to 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, air conditioning condensation drip lines not being extended far enough away from the structure, leaky pipes under sinks, etc. 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 where possible makes a huge impact on reducing insect activity in a home. Simple fixes like caulking around windows, replacing gable vents or soffit vents when damages, weather stripping of doors, etc. 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 at a speedy rate. Because it holds moisture, allows shelter, and 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. 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. If you have plants around your home, it is important to keep them at least 18" from touching the structure. Plants that get too close to the home 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, etc. Once you have earth to wood contact, you have created the perfect recipe for termites.
What Does Imperial Pest Prevention do to Help with Termites?