Termites are making news down in Dania Beach, just below Fort Lauderdale. The Sun Sentinel reported of a new ravenous Caribbean termite experts claim is "advanced" and "uniquely dangerous". Granted, it's a long way to Gainesville from Dania Beach, and local government made the right call, by bringing pest control companies in to advise on the proper control of this new threat, but it's still worth noting that these, above ground terrors, could make their way up. And, in the Northwest, the NWF Daily News reported on a new "super-termite" making its way through South Okaloosa County. According to Rep. Doug Broxson, "normal repairs for termites can be $2000-$4000. This termite does 10 times that."
Now, more than ever, it is important for you to get proactive about Gainesville termite control. Termites are nothing new to the Gainesville area, and subterranean termites can cost homeowners thousands each year. But it doesn't have to be this way. Here are some tips for protecting your investment from the encroaching threat of termites new, and old.
Look for mud tubes on your foundation. These can be in hard to see places, so use a flashlight, and look under the deck, patio, or porch.
Put your ear to the wall. Sometimes you can hear termite activity.
Look for sawdust. When termites devour a house, they will sometimes leave piles of sawdust.
Inspect your window sills and outside surfaces for thin, transparent wings. Termites leave these behind when they swarm.
Look for buckling, swelling, or rotting walls and floors.
PROTECTING AGAINST TERMITES
Repair leaking faucets, water pipes, and air conditioning units that drip. Termites look for moisture.
Repair rotted roof shingles.
Make sure gutters and downspouts properly divert water away from the house.
Make sure you have an eighteen inch gap between soil and the wood of your house.
Continually inspect for mud tubes, chewed fencing, chewed window frames, saw dust, and discarded wings.
Consider removing any wood products from your yard, like wood chips, or construction materials.
When searching through Gainesville exterminators, make sure to find a company that offers professional termite monitoring--companies like McCall Service--who utilize modern Integrated Pest Management techniques and environmentally safe baiting methods to eradicate termite infestations, and bait stations to monitor for future termite activity. With termites coming at your home from every direction, it's time to get a termite protection plan in place.