Termite Infestations: Termite Treatment Options
You can lose up to 25% of the value of your home due to termites. Termites are among the most destructive pests, causing $5 billion in property damage each year. Subterranean termites, formosan termites, dampwood termites, and drywood termites are all significant threats to United States homeowners and businesses.
How to get rid of termites
A termite infestation can be difficult to eradicate once it has been established. DIY termite extermination, while tempting, often is incomplete and can leave opportunity for new infestations. So contact us to help you eliminate your termite infestation.
This treatment exploits the biology and behavior of termites to eliminate subterranean termite colonies. Workers take the bait and distribute it throughout the nest.
Termite fumigation is one of the most effective and efficient ways to treat termites. It involves tenting your home and filling the tent with fumigants that penetrate deep into the wood, eliminating the infestation.
Termites are treated by applying liquid chemicals to the soil beneath concrete floors and or around the perimeter of your foundation, which is safe for children and pets.
In contrast to subterranean and Formosan termites, drywood termites inhabit dry wood without soil contact. Termites of this type often build nests in roof materials as well as wooden wall supports, and infest dead wood around homes. However, they can also be found in wood near a water source, such as a leaky pipe or water heater, even though they don’t need as much moisture to survive as other species. These are the termites most commonly found in south Florida.
All states except Alaska have subterranean termites. There can be up to 2 million members in colonies living underground or in moist, secluded areas aboveground of this termite species. Their distinctive “mud tubes” provide access to food sources and protection from the open air. Subterranean termites are by far the most destructive species in the United States.
Among more than 2,000 termite species known to science, Formosan termites are the most voracious, aggressive, and devious. Formosans live underground in vast colonies, building elaborate mud nests within the walls of structures. When Formosan termites infest a structure, they are difficult to control due to their aggressive nature. Formosan termites are found throughout Florida.
A dampwood termite eats wood that is high in moisture. Most dampwood termites are larger than other species of termites. Since structures have low moisture content, they rarely infest them, but one must be careful not to attract dampwood termites to the structure. There are dampwood termites in states along the Pacific coast and adjacent states, the desert or semi-arid southwest, and southern Florida.