Termite treatment in Miami, Broward, Fort Lauderdale and Key Largo
Termites are sometimes known as the “silent destroyer” because they secretly hide in your home or yard without any immediate signs of damage. All termites feed on dead plants and trees as well as dead parts of living trees (cellulose-based plant materials), including wood and wood in the soil. All homes, regardless of their construction type, can provide cellulose food for termite infestation.
A termite’s mouth is capable of tearing pieces of woody material. House foundations, furniture, shelves and even books are all possible feeding sites for termites.
Subterranean termite colonies are usually formed in soil. Underground, termites build elaborate tunnel systems and mud tunnels through which they access above-ground food sources.
Drywood termites live within the wood they consume and oftentimes furniture.
Once a colony has matured, winged, swarming termites can be seen around windows and doors. Winged termites are highly attracted to sources of light and are most active in springtime. After mating, these termites locate a new breeding site and create another colony, spreading infestations throughout multiple locations in the case of drywood termites.
Signs of Drywood Termite Infestation
- Shed wings
- Ejected wood pellets
- Galleries inside wood
- Piles of fecal pellets outside wood galleries which are elongated and round on the ends, with six flattened surfaces.
Recommended Treatment for Drywood Termite Control
- Structural fumigation- this treatment is used for severe infestations and is very effective. In this case, the entire structure or building is tightly covered with a tent, and is fumigated with gas.
- Spot Treatments- Spot treatments consist of treating the infested wood by drilling small holes directly through the infested timber and into the termite gallery and injecting the wood with the appropriate liquid.
Signs of Subterranean Termite
- Swarmers – the first sign of an infestation may be “swarmers” around window sills and lights.
- Wings – piles of discarded wings on window sills or in cobwebs
- Mud Tunnels- appearing vertically on the interior or exterior of foundation walls
- Damaged Wood – look for tunnels that follow the grain
Recommended Treatment for Subterranean Termite
- Baiting System- Termite baiting stations are installed into the soil and can be used as a tool to monitor termite activity early on before infestations flare up. Installing bait stations around your home provide excellent control when combined with a barrier/soil treatment.