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Our specialists begin by conducting a comprehensive inspection of your home. If you have spotted any possible signs of termites, we will start there. Otherwise, we will identify and inspect places that termites might find attractive, such as window sills, door frames, beams, and rafters. We will also check your house’s foundation for tunnels.
The type of treatment we use depends on the types of termites you have.
Drywood and Dampwood Termites
These termites might be living in the wood in your house and require tenting and fuming.
These termites live in the soil beneath your house and can be treated with a product called Termidor.
Our specialists will dig a trench around the foundation of your home, six inches wide by two inches deep, and insert Termidor, a slow-acting liquid treatment. It takes about two weeks for it to spread throughout the colony and wipe it out.
We will treat any potential entry points for termites we find, including plumbing and any cracks or clefts.
We also use monitoring stations. These are stakes we place in the ground around your house with a material that attracts and traps termites. If we do not find any trapped termites during a follow-up appointment, we will know that the colony has been eliminated.
Termites are particularly destructive pests. Much like ants or bees, they have a hierarchical social structure, with a queen, soldiers, and workers. They can form enormous colonies with as many as 500,000 to 5,000,000 termites.
Their colonies may resemble ant colonies, but termites are more closely related to another household pest—the cockroach. Termites are much more dangerous to your home, though, because while cockroaches might eat your food, termites feed on the wood your house is made of.
Termite damage costs homeowners an estimated $2 billion every year.
Termites only need a 1/64th-inch-wide crack to enter your home. Once they do, their colony can grow quickly, especially in Orlando’s climate. Termites are silent killers and are hard to locate until damage is noticeable since they feed inside your walls and underground. Swarmers are the best and only indication of a colony nearby. After that, termites are identified by finding the damage done to your home as early as possible.
- Swarms of “flying ants” could mean that termites are moving in or that they are leaving a colony that has grown too large.
- Mud tubes or tunnels coming up from the ground along walls is a sign of subterranean termites who use these tunnels to move from their underground colony to their food source.
- Tiny holes or hollow areas in wood may indicate drywood or dampwood termites.
Having your home inspected for termites on a regular basis is always a good idea, but if you see any of these signs, you should seek pest control assistance right away.