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Termites are a nuisance in this hot and humid climate, and we would all appreciate it if they were eliminated. We’d appreciate it if they’d stop destroying our homes and costing us a fortune every year. But they do exist, so we need to figure out how to fight them effectively. Our exterminators are engaged in a never-ending war against termites. We wanted to share what we’ve learned about termite control in the event that you’re a homeowner concerned about protecting one of your biggest investments from termite damage.
Your home may have a termite infestation, so it’s important to take preventative measures right away. Sounds of hollowness in wood and mud tubes are telltale signs of an invasion. Infestations of termites can cause significant structural damage before their presence is detected.
Termites can be eliminated with the assistance of a professional pest control service. Even the most well-versed homeowner will fall short of the abilities of a local professional termite company when compared to their level of expertise, depth of knowledge, and quality of commercial goods and equipment.
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Dangers of Not Getting Termites Eradicated
While there is no formal field data on how much damage a termite colony can cause, certain species can cause extensive damage in a short time, especially if there is a large colony at work. Mature subterranean colonies average around 70,000 termites, with large colonies numbering in the millions.
Regardless of the size or number of colonies, when termites are discovered in a home, it’s difficult, if not impossible to tell how long they have been there or how much damage has already been done.
In most cases, your home isn’t at risk of collapsing in on you if you do find you have termites. However, the longer they are allowed to infest your home, the more damage they will do. For most people, their home is the single largest investment they have ever made, an investment that should be protected.
Should I be worried about termites?
Swarming season for termites runs from mid-December into May. The sub-tropical climate of Florida, however, makes conditions right for termites to breed year-round. Preventative termite control should be done immediately if you haven’t had it done yet! You’ve been fortunate so far, but it’s only a matter of time before you get a problem.
It’s estimated that 50% of Florida’s structures will be damaged by 2 of the most invasive termites species by 2040, according to University of Florida researchers. These account for 2 of the 21 species of termites recorded in Florida. While not all of them are considered pests, this shows how vulnerable Florida is to the spread of termites and the havoc they cause.
FACT: A typical queen termites lays an average of one egg per second 24 HOURS A DAY and has a lifespan of 25 TO 50 YEARS!
This means the queen termite lays about 86,400 eggs per day, or about 315 million eggs in a decade. This translates to fast colony growth that can destroy a home without you being aware of the infestation until it’s too late.
Learn more about signs of termites and where termites come from here.
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There are three types of termites, named after where they live: Subterranean, Dampwood and Drywood.
Subterranean termites live in underground colonies near dead trees, firewood, and other food sources, such as mulch. To survive, they need a moist environment. Because of this, swarmers can only fly a short distance without dying.
Dampwood termites typically live in and eat damp, decaying trees. They are an infestation risk for homes with plumbing leaks and high moisture areas where the wood is constantly wet. A leaky shower drain is just one example that leads to wet, rotting wood in homes.
Drywood termites don’t need the high-moisture environments of the other two termites. They live in and eat dry wood and require different treatment. Infestations occur in wood siding, cornices, other exterior wood, and inside the walls of your home.
Do I Have Ants or Termites?
The reproducers in a termite colony (aka swarmers) are winged and therefore are often mistaken for flying ants. When compared side-by-side, it’s easy to distinguish between flying ants and termites.
All four wings of the termite are about the same length. They have straight antennae with a thick, long body. A flying ant, on the other hand, has two large front wings and two smaller back wings. A flying ant’s antennae are elbowed and their bodies are clearly segmented.
If you have seen any winged termites around or inside your home, their colony is close by. Swarmers only fly when scouting for a place to start a new colony. If your home isn’t theirs already, it soon could be. Contact us to get started with a termite program today, or contact us for a free inspection if you are unsure if you have termites. We will thoroughly inspect your property from top to bottom.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you have termites in your home, it‘s important to take action and get rid of them as soon as possible. Termites won’t cause harm to you in the same way bees, wasps, mosquitoes, rodents, etc. can. Termites can cause a lot of damage to your property and cause financial harm, even potentially causing your structures to be unsafe to be in. If you are concerned about any of these issues, it’s important to contact our office and get a quote for your specific termite control needs.
Many factors influence the cost of your termite treatment. Determining factors include the level of infestation, the surrounding environment, and how many services you require depending on what treatment method you decide to go with. We recommend contacting our office to get a quote for your specific termite treatment needs.
Our treatments commonly include a wide range of products. In order to provide you with the best possible solution, an expert will perform an in-depth assessment of your house. Based on your specific situation, the exact treatment you receive from On Demand will oftentimes combine conventional treatments with environmentally friendly services.
On Demand does NOT charge for inspections. Our objective is to provide each customer with a personalized strategy. We know where to look for certain types of bugs, and we will perform a full inspection to find them. Additionally, we will also check for any other type of pest that may have made their way into your home. Each strategy takes into account the specifics of the property, issue, and the surrounding area. You may request an inspection by contacting (954) 947-0805.