What are Termites?
A termite is in the family of wood destroying insect that feed on wood, paper products, or any type of cellulose materials. 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 a 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 technological 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.
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 have specific characteristics. Subterranean Termites construct Mud tubes that are also known as shelter tubes or tunnels. Subterranean Termites require constant earth contact and build these" Mud Tubes" to shelter themselves from predators as well as create a highway to food sources in which 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, 7 days a week, and all 365 days of the year non stop with jaws that easily cause destruction of wood at a rapid rate. If left untreated, Subterranean Termites will cause mass damage to a home to the point it may become structural and ultimately result in expensive repairs. If you suspect a termite infestation or seeing insects around it is best to contact a pest control specialist like Imperial Pest Prevention (386) 956-9506 so we can perform a WDO inspection and discuss subterranean termite treatment options.
Subterranean Termites usually swarm in the early spring and are commonly misdiagnosed as flying ants by a homeowner. If you noticed winged insects in or on your home you may have become victim to a nest of Subterranean Termites that have swarmed. Mud tubes around the exterior or interior (located in Picture #3) of your house, most commonly occurring near the foundation of your home is another obvious indicator of Subterranean Termite Activity. If you notice any possible signs of termites we recommend you contact us at (386) 956-9506 so we can evaluate what you my be seeing. To see treatment options please click this link for Termite Treatment Options.
Drywood termites, also a wood destroying insect, generally live, feed and nest in wood that contains very low moisture levels. Drywood Termites do not require earth contact like 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 being able to thrive.
A byproduct of Drywood Termites feeding are fecal pellets known as frass. Frass are 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 they have Drywood Termites feeding on their home. In many cases a homeowner seas them in a neat little pile, cleans or vacuums them up only to find them quickly return. If you suspect a termite infestation or seeing insects around it is best to contact a pest control specialist like Imperial Pest Prevention (386) 956-9506 so we can perform a WDO inspection and discuss subterranean termite treatment options.
Since Drywood Termites do not require ground contact, they have been known to also infest furniture. Many documented cases exist especially with antique collectors, who buy a second hand piece of furniture to later discover that it had Drywood Termites. Drywood termites will not discriminate any type of wood contrary to many peoples beliefs. They will readily consume timbers, framing, flooring and any other type of woodwork in buildings, as well as furniture. If you notice any possible signs of termites we recommend you contact us at (386) 956-9506 so we can evaluate what you my be seeing. To see treatment options please click this link for Termite Treatment Options.
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. Due to the fact termites are hidden and most likely unseen, they can cause extensive expensive damage unknowingly. Ignoring symptoms of a possible termite infestation can be detrimental 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 actually 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 were 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 a dead wood that is capable of holding moisture and decaying at a speedy rate. Due to the fact of it holding moisture, allowing 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 that is made from recycled tires that performs well for drainage while allowing the look of mulch. It is a little pricier per bag, but in the long run it will pay for itself. 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 have a tendency to store firewood close by the home or within close proximity to. Woodpiles are excellent locations to harbor insects and termites.Stored lumber should be kept at least 25 feet away from the 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 least18"from touching the structure. Plants that get to 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. One you have earth to wood contact, you actually have created the perfect recipe for termites.
What does Imperial Pest Prevention do to help with Temites?
An Imperial Pest Prevention professional will perform a thorough Termite inspection of your property and compose an ideal Termite treatment strategy that will be both accurate and effective. A written termite proposal will be presented, detailing the inspection results and treatment options. Your Imperial Pest Prevention associate will be more than happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with termites or termite treatments in general and recommended the appropriate treatment.
Regardless if you concur 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 to big or small. Protect your investment today!
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