At Impact Pest Elimination, we're frequently treating homes and businesses for subterranean termite. There are various species of subterranean termites in Florida with the most destructive being the Formosan subterranean termite, but we want residents to first of all know what is basic to these termites.
Subterranean termites are often confused with ants having very similar appearances. Being secretive, they are hardly ever seen. They're active in the warmer seasons in particular. Formosan subterranean termites are the most dangerous of all subterranean termites, causing severe property damage within six months of targeting a home. In the U.S., they reside mainly in the southern states.
Why Termites Target Your Property
Subterranean termites, which need moisture to survive, find the sub-tropical climate of Florida ideal for their purposes. They live in underground colonies and forage upward to their food source, which is more often than not wood in your home. They will devour wooden pillars, baseboards, flooring, sheetrock, piles of firewood, mulch, and even paper and linen products. Any cellulose material will serve as their nutrition.
Your property will be more attractive if there are trees planted too close, blocked gutters, plumbing issues, or drainage issues. If it proves to be a stable food source, the termites will move ever upward, constructing tunnels called mud tubes to sustain them with moisture. If left alone, these pests can hollow out the structures from your foundation up to your attic.
Signs of a Termite Infestation
When a termite nest matures, which takes several years, it will send out winged termites called alates to swarm and start a new colony. Swarming usually occurs at night in the late spring and summer. You may find these swarmers, or you may find the wings that they shed. Swarmers are attracted to light, which explains why these wings are often shed near doors, windowsills, and lighting fixtures.
Mud tubes going up from the foundation and traveling over your brick or concrete structures are another sign of an infestation. These are brown and can be about the width of a pencil. You can also go around the basement tapping on wood structures with a hammer or other hard object; if they sound hollow or dull, then chances are they've been fed upon. Subterranean termites in general will leave behind soil deposits when feeding on wood.
What Our Technicians Can Do
Eliminating subterranean termites should be left to a trained professional. There are two effective ways to do it so. One is to inject a termiticide below the foundation of the property and create a barrier that kills any termites that come in contact with it. Another less invasive treatment is to strategically place bait stations in the ground; the termites then feed this bait to the rest of the colony creating complete colony elimination, including the queen. As long as The Sentricon® Colony Elimination System is installed in the ground and be inspected by Impact, your home is being protected 24/7/365. Impact is proud to be a leading Certified Sentricon Specialist™ in the Tampa Bay Area for more than 20 years.
Our locally owned and operated company has been serving Florida residents since 1985, and we guarantee customer satisfaction every time. Call us today for a free inspection. We are happy to provide you with the best service plan to protect your home while meeting the safety and budgetary requirements we are all faced with today.