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How Homeowners Can Prevent Termites

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Termites have been nicknamed the ‘silent destroyers’. They have received this name because they are capable of causing many years worth of damage to a structure before any signs of their presence become obvious. Termites are wood destroying pests that feed on wood products. They may be inside the wood structure of your home, or inside furniture or cabinets and you may not realize it until serious damage has been done. A termite inspection done by a professional can help determine if you have a termite problem, so it is best to have a termite inspection done once a year.

Signs of termites:

  • Shed termite wings. These wings are lost after a termite swarm occurs. The termite swarm is the mating ritual done by termites to pair them up to create future termite colonies.

  • Wood that looks worn; it may not appear that the damage has been done by termites, but may simply look like water or weather damaged wood.

  • Window and door frames that appear to sag.

  • Painted wood can have blisters or begin to peel.

  • Frass around tunnels in infested wood. Frass is actually termite fecal pellets that are kicked out of the galleries that have been bored into the wood by feeding termites.

Should you happen to see insects in your home, here are some tips to help you identify drywood termites:

  • Winged adult drywood termites are dark brown and approximately half an inch long. The nymphs are white and soft-bodied and they stay hidden in the galleries of the colony.

  • Drywood termites don’t require moisture so have no need to live in the soil. Instead they live inside the wood that they feed upon.

If you should determine that you have a drywood termite problem, the first thing you should do is call in a professional termite inspector. These pros are trained in locating a termite problem and they can uncover any termite damages that may be present. This is an excellent option for termite prevention as well, because a routine termite inspection can locate a termite problem before the damage gets out of hand.

Other termite prevention strategies include:

  • Using only pressure treated wood in your home to help prevent termites from boring into your wood.

  • Install window and door screens to keep flying termites out along with other insects.

Contact a pest control professional to offer a termite prevention treatment and termite inspection service to prevent termite damages in the future. Click here to learn more about termite control in FL!


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