Termites cause billions in property damage every year. Eliminate one of the many stresses of homeownership and call on the professionals at Fort Myers Pest Control to eliminate the threat and prevent the damage caused by termite colonies. 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.
Why do termites exist?
Termites play a vital role in their natural ecosystem and act as an all-natural clean-up crew that breaks down wood debris from dying trees and process other unnecessary sources of cellulose debris. In turn, termites serve as a food source for other insects, reptiles, and mammals in the food chain. Despite the damage these small insects can create, they are pretty cool insects!
What types of termites are there in Southwest Florida?
There are several types of termites in Southwest Florida, but only a few varieties are considered “structural termites.”
Several species of Dry-wood termites exist in southwest Florida. These pests live inside wood and do not require contact with soil to thrive. Dry-wood termites are slow to cause damage, but the presence of these insects over a long period of time can cause substantial destruction.
How Do I know If I have A Dry-wood Termite Infestation?
Evidence of infestation would consist of physical damage to wood that would appear as “pockets.” Live termites, termite alate’s (winged termites), wings left behind by alate’s and fecal pellets may be present.
Several species of Subterranean termites exist in southwest Florida. With rare exceptions, subterranean termite colonies are in the ground (Sub = below, Terrain = ground).
It is estimated that 3 of 6 colonies exist in every acre of soil in Florida. Every subterranean termite colony will forage at least 1.5 acres. It is safe to say, most residences are built on top of termite colonies in the state of Florida.
Subterranean termites are the most common type of termite in the country. The only state without subterranean termites in Alaska. Subterranean termites frequently travel between their food source (possibly your home), and the colony via “highways” called mud tubes or shelter tubes. These highways resemble a group of straws and are compressed by termites using soil, saliva, and fecal matter. These tubes provide the colony of termites with a stable temperature that promotes growth and protection from predators such as ants (or people?)
Damage cause by Subterranean termites can occur in just a few weeks or months. Evidence of infestation consists of damage present in the wood. This damage would appear running with the grain of the wood and leaves a “layered” look on top of the grain. The damaged area will appear muddy and dirty and house termites inside the wood, termite alate’s (these can swarm in very large numbers). Wings left behind by alate’s may be present.
Our Termite Treatment Recommendation
The professionals at Fort Myers Pest Control recommend that you have your home inspected once a year or every other year.
Do not allow any individual or pest control business perform pest control services in and around your home unless they have the following:
- ID Card issued by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. This must be carried by every pest control professional while they complete pest control services.This person should have a “stamp” on their ID Card stating “WDO Inspector” OR they should be State Certified in the category of “Wood Destroying Organisms”. It is permissible for you to ask to see this ID Card/Certified card and/or ask about their level of experience.
- If you are charged for the purposes of performing an inspection, state law requires that you are issued a written report on a state mandated form (unless this inspection is contractual based on an existing warranty – in which case you are not paying for the inspection itself, but instead, the warranty).
- Keep in mind, any inspection performed is based solely on what is “visible and evident at the time of inspection only”. If your inspector states he/she doesn’t see anything, it does not necessarily mean that you do not have termites, only that nothing was seen. It is entirely possible to perform an inspection today and have a swarm of termites tomorrow. have seen it happen and I have the t-shirt!
Do you wait until your car engine breaks down or do you change your oil on a regular basis?
For most people, your home is likely your largest investment. Treat your home before you experience costly subterranean issues, rather than wait until you have them. Remember, it is only a matter of time before termites find your home.
- WE DO NOT recommend preventative treatment for dry-wood termites in existing homes,
WE DO recommend preventative treatment for subterranean termites.
- State law requires you sign an agreement PRIOR to beginning treatment for termites (except in pre-construction treatment). It is very important you read and understand the agreement. It is the agreement which determines what the company’s obligations are – NOT what the salesperson tells you.
- Treatment for dry-wood termites consists of spot treatments (liquid, foam, dust, heat, cold, electricity) or treating your entire home by tent fumigation. Keep in mind, if dry-wood termites accessed just one location in your home, they likely for into other places which you simply do not see. Because of this, we recommend tent fumigation to control dry-wood termites, as it is the ONLY treatment option that will treat every piece of wood in your home.
- Treatment for subterranean 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
Scott Kight is an Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) and State Certified Pest Control Operator (all categories). He has over 28 years of experience in the pest control industry and has performed over 6000 termite inspections. He is available for speaking engagements for local civic groups, homeowner’s groups, and realtor groups. He can be reached at Fort Myers Pest Control 239-543-3100 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Contact us at 239-543-3100 for more information and to see if your home qualifies for the Sentricon© System.
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