Subterranean termites are a major threat to your property.
Many pests can be annoying, bad for your health, and downright destructive in nature, but termites belong in a special category all their own because of what an infestation can do to a residential or commercial structure. Termite damage can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs and weeks or months of inconvenience, which makes them an absolute nightmare for home and business owners alike.
Three different species of subterranean termites are common throughout much of Florida, leading to the need for both prevention and control of these wood-eating insects. Let’s explore how to identify the presence of termites, what you can do to prevent an infestation, and how an experienced residential and commercial pest control company can provide you with a subterranean termite treatment to rid your property of these nasty insects.
How to Identify a Termite Infestation on Your Property
Termites can be found in various places on your property, such as the walls, roof, tresses, fences, deck, framing, shed, and furniture. It’s important that always keep a lookout for these signs of a potential termite infestation:
- Mud Tubes — These are exactly what they sound like and are used by termites to move around your home, often for access to water. These are the most obvious signs of an infestation.
- Damaged Wood — If you find wood shavings or your wood sounds hollow, termites are very likely the culprit. This can happen to your home, but may also be found in trees and woodpiles.
- Damaged Insulation — Homeowners often overlook damaged insulation as a termite indicator because it’s not made of wood. But, insulation can be damaged as termites crawl through it to reach the “good stuff.”
- Winged Swarmers — There’s always the possibility that you might have a sighting of swarmers, which are adult winged termites. Piles of wings discarded as they grow are another clue.
How to Prevent a Termite Infestation on Your Property
If you want to avoid severe termite damage being done to your residential or commercial property, it’s important that you take steps to prevent an infestation. Here are a few effective techniques that we would suggest:
- Keep an Eye Out — Termite infestations are often identified by simply keeping an eye out for possible signs. Watch for wood shavings, mud tubes, wings, and other pieces of evidence.
- Remove Dead Wood — It’s very common for termites to be attracted to deadwood and then find their way to your home from there. Removing dead trees and stumps will help prevent this.
- Seal Gaps in the Structure — Like other insects, termites can get inside your home much easier through gaps or cracks. Seal these problem areas, including around doors and windows.
- Order an Annual Inspection — The best way to protect yourself is to order an annual inspection by a licensed professional. And if you purchase a new one, insist on an inspection before signing.
How a Professional Subterranean Termite Treatment Works
If you suspect a termite infestation on your property, hire a professional pest control company to pay you a visit and assess the situation. Once it’s been confirmed that your home or business has succumbed to an infestation, a subterranean termite treatment will immediately begin. This treatment will target any areas where termites are located and will eliminate the threat in a very short period of time. The best termite control will include organic methods that are safe for the environment, property, and members of your household (including children and pets). The subterranean termite treatment will be very thorough, reaching deep into your structure and property to eliminate all of the insects and their eggs.
Contact Prohealth Pest Control for an Effective Subterranean Termite Treatment
Prohealth Pest Control in Clearwater utilizes an effective subterranean termite treatment that’s right in line with our other organic pest control techniques. If you’re in need of termite control in Clearwater, spider control, rodent control, or any other residential or commercial issues, call (727) 308-4129 today for a no-cost consultation.