Termites pose a greater threat to your home than fires, floods or hurricanes. Is your home being attacked by termites, who could be eating through wood, flooring, and even wallpaper undetected? We say better safe than sorry. Call AAA Pest Control today for do-it-yourself termite treatment products and advice, or let us do it for you with our professional no-tent treatments.
Let the licensed, insured and experienced technicians at AAA Pest Control visit you for a totally FREE no-obligation inspection and honest assessment. We will offer you all of the best treatment options to suit your needs and budget. Termites cause over $7 billion in damage to homes across the United States every year. Florida alone accounts for close to a third of that damage.
Termites Thrive Year-Round In Florida
Although they are more “visible” during their Spring “Swarm Season,” the problem of termites is ongoing. They continue to destroy 24 hours per day, every day. The average American will suffer $9000 in damages to their home before they realize they have a problem. Whether your home is infested with Drywood or Subterranean termites, you will need service fast!
Signs of Termites
- Mud Tubes: Subterranean termites build pencil-thick tunnels of mud and earth across exposed areas.
- Visible Damage: Cracked or distorted paint on wood surfaces. Tiny holes in wood surfaces. Wood may have a hollow sound when tapped. Sunken or rippled wall coverings. Look for dirt in the wood, which indicates termite damage rather than mere water damage.
- Discarded Wings: You may find small piles of wings in spider webs and on surfaces around your home’s foundation, like window sills.
- Termite Droppings: After consuming wood, drywood termites often leave behind frass or droppings. These tiny fecal mounds often indicate a nearby termite infestation. Often mixed with sawdust from the wood. May have a musty odor.
- Flying Ants: The appearance of a swarm of what you would call “flying ants,” especially near light sources. Most prevalent in Spring.
Termite Prevention Spot Treatments
Do-it-yourself termite control is difficult to accomplish because of the physical limitations of spot treatments. Localized spot treatments using pest control products serve as a remedial termite control method, but unlike no-tent treatments they offer no guarantee for drywood termite elimination.
This is because spot treatments can only be applied to accessible areas where drywood termite activity has been visibly detected. Therefore, spot treatments only affect the termites in the immediate area that is treated. DIY termite control can be tricky, since spot treatments suffer these limitations and damage can continue unseen.
The primary benefits of spot treatments for termite control are cost and convenience. Spot treatments are significantly less expensive than whole-structure heat treatment or fumigation and don’t require you to vacate the structure. The downside of spot treatments is that they are significantly less reliable in achieving total eradication.
The success of spot treatments is heavily dependent on the ability to locate all termite activity. This can be difficult to determine in areas that are inaccessible, such as behind walls. However, this method is often ideal if it is determined that the termite activity is isolated or confined to a specific detectable and accessible area.