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Utilizing the most current technology to prevent and control termites, trust the team at Fort Myers Pest Control to create a termite treatment plan tailored to your home and/or business’ termite control needs.
Have you asked, “I’m looking for a termite treatment, exterminator, or inspection near me.” Fort Myers Pest Control specializes in the treatment of both drywood and subterranean termites.
Inspecting for termites in your home should be done by a qualified professional. There are several signs to look for:
Hollow sounding wood when tapped – termites tend to eat out to the surface of the paint.
We recommend that you have your home inspected at least every other year. Due to their ‘cryptic nature’, they are often called “the hidden enemy”.
Don’t be fooled as they are very common to Southwest Florida and can remain undetected for years. It’s not worth the risk, or the cost. Contact us now for an inspection at 239.543.3100
A termite inspector will arrive at your home or business and carefully examine areas inside and outside the structure to locate colonies and assess the damage. Our termite team has a combined 74 years of experience.
Technicians will discuss their findings with you to create a custom termite-control plan that will eliminate termites on your property with your schedule and budget in mind.
State law requires you to sign an agreement PRIOR to beginning treatment for termites (except in pre-construction treatment). It is very important you read and understand the agreement.
Treatment for Dry-wood termites consists of spot treatments (liquid, foam, dust) or treating your entire home by tent fumigation
Treatment for Formosan termites consists of traditional types of service (foam or liquid) which means drilling into your home and trenching around the outside perimeter OR one of several types of bait-type services (we utilize the Sentricon© System with Always Active© Technology).
Post-treatment, we recommend that you schedule periodic inspections to ensure termite colonies have not returned to your home and more importantly, ensure that there is no structural damage.
ID Card: Issued by Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
State law requires us to have our state ID card with us at all times while working.
Anyone working in the area of termite inspection or treatment should be state certified in the category of Wood Destroying Organisms(WDO) OR their ID should be stamped “WDO Inspector”.
It is perfectly acceptable for you to ask to see these credentials to guarantee the technician/sales person has had the additional training in termite inspection, biology, control, and treatment, which is required by the State of Florida.
If a wood destroying organism inspection is done for the purposes of a real estate transaction or if a fee is charged for the inspection, it is a Florida state requirement that the inspection be documented on a specific state mandated form. This is different from an annual contractual warranty inspection or a complimentary inspection.
These inspections are based on what is “visible and evident” at the time of inspection only. Since termites may live deep inside the wood, behind wall coverings, or under insulation in an attic, we can only see a portion of your home. When we say “I don’t see anything today” it means just that. There is no visible evidence today.
We have more than 20 species of termites in the winter paradise of Florida. In our specific area, the structure damaging termites can be grouped into two basic groups – subterranean termites and drywood termites. Subterranean termites live PRIMARILY in the soil below the surface while drywood termites live right in the wood.
These pests live inside wood and do not require contact with soil. Due to their relatively small colony size (10,000 to 15,000), drywood termites take time to cause excessive damage, but will do so if left untreated.
Do I have them?
Evidence of these might include:
Treatment for Drywood Termites:
While there are many treatment options available, only a couple of them are commonly used. One is a “drill and inject” type of spot treatment and the other is “tent fumigation”. Tent fumigation is the ONLY WAY TO TREAT THE ENTIRE HOME to include all areas of the house, including, those that we cannot physically get to such as the space between your roof decking and shingles. All other types of treatment are considered to be ‘spot treatments’.
Drywood Termite Tip:
Be careful what you bring into your home in terms of wood items as drywood termites are extremely good “hitch-hikers” and, once inside your home, can easily spread over time into your walls.
These exist below the ground, hence their name (sub=below, terranean=ground). It is estimated that 3-6 colonies exist in an average acre of ground in Florida. Each colony can forage up to about 300 feet from the main colony. This means each colony is capable of covering an area of approximately 1.5 acres, making it safe to say that most buildings reside on a termite colony in Florida.
Do I have them?
Treatment for Subterranean Termites:
There are really only two types of treatment for subterranean termites: liquid or bait system. At FMPC, we use the 5th generation of the original bait system, the Sentricon Colony Elimination System.
Subterranean Termite Prevention Tips:
Prevention for subterranean termites is certainly possible and we recommend it. Here are some things you can do to help yourself out:
Remove any cellulose debris from contact with soil around or under your home.
Avoid storing wood items or debris beside your home.
Porch steps, decks, and other wooden add-ons should not rest on the ground.
Identify and correct plumbing and roof leaks as soon as possible.
Have your air conditioning professional extend the condensate line so it drains away from your home.
Don’t wait until the termites come over for dinner. Have your home treated and maintain our annual warranty.
A family company established in 1966, Fort Myers Pest Control has been locally owned and operated for three generations. Our longevity and reputation in the community speak volumes about the quality of service we provide, and we’ve also been named “Best in Southwest Florida” and “Best in North Fort Myers” by The News-Press. We’d love for you to ask a friend or neighbor about us.
Our business has grown largely by word-of-mouth so chances are someone you know has great things to say about Fort Myers Pest Control’s integrity and customer-friendly business practices.
We have proudly served Southwest Florida residents for over 5 decades providing top-rated, quality pest control, and maintenance services in Fort Myers and the surrounding areas. As a locally-owned business, we truly care about using effective and efficient products to keep our neighbors protected.
Established in 1966 by George and Doris Smith, Fort Myers Pest Control has been locally owned and operated for two generations. Experience and commitment to innovation are standards throughout the industry, but it’s Fort Myers Pest Control’s deep roots in the community, the pride of ownership, and local decision-making that account for the outstanding reputation the company has earned over the past 50 years.