Maybe you are wondering what kind of Jacksonville termites you should you be on the lookout for this spring. Well, McCall can help! We know that there are mainly two types of termites that can affect the people of Jacksonville: drywood termites and subterranean termites. Although they aren't directly hazardous to humans, they do pose a threat to any and all wood. This includes anything that is constructed of wood, like buildings, furniture, swing sets, etc.
Drywood termites, like their name suggests, are found in dry wood. They are found along a narrow area in the United States, from Virginia and south to Florida as well as along the Gulf of Mexico on to northern California’s Pacific coast. They come into homes and businesses inside wood furniture and can quickly spread throughout the dry wood parts of the structure. They can also enter homes through cracks in the foundation, windows and door frames. They nest and infest dry wood piles in yards and will travel to buildings from these wood piles. They eat cellulose, which can be found in wood fiber and paper. They literally eat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They, like other termites, can swarm to new locations. Which basically means that some of the mature winged members of their colony of over 2,500, will fly off all at the same time in search of a new spot to nest a. Often swarming will happen on a warm, sunny day after a sudden rise in temperature.
Subterranean termites are like drywood termites in that they too eat and destroy cellulose and wood. They live in colonies of upwards of 2 million members. They are mostly found underground in moist soil. They have been found above ground in moist, secluded areas as well. These termites will build ‘mud tunnels’ when forming a route to access their food source. They enter buildings and homes through inconsistencies in the foundation and exterior walls. They too eat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are by far the most destructive of the termites. They will literally saw through wood framing and even have the potential to collapse a building. Many times, owners are unaware of their presence until it’s too late. Standing water in the driveway and around buildings is an invitation to these destructive pests. Moisture in the soil and land draws subterranean termites in.
While professional pest control is the best way to rid and prevent termites from infesting your home or business, there are a few steps that you can take to make your property less likely to attract them.
No standing water within 20-30 feet of all structures
Remove water quickly with properly installed gutters, splash blocks and drainage systems
Keep all mulch 15 feet away from structures
Store all firewood at least 20 feet away from structures
As with most pest control, the best approach to termite control is to prevent them from becoming a problem. When you work with a Jacksonville pest control company, like McCall Service, they will customize a termite prevention plan for your property. Termites cost Americans millions of dollars a year in property damages. Don’t let your property be one of them, call McCall Service today!