How to Protect Your Home Against Termites

November 10, 2017 Termites

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There is constant talk about termites in South Florida, but that is because termites are constantly busy at work. Termites cause over $5 billion in damage to homes a year across the United States and the damage is expected to increase. With active hurricane seasons and an increase in warmer weather, reproduction sites are becoming more and more attractive for these termites. Even spots within concrete buildings have areas attracting termites, according to John Paige, a research entomologist with Bayer Environmental Science. Termites will eat anything that contains cellulose. This includes paper on drywall, books, backing of carpeting, and more.

The two major termites causing damage in the South Florida are the subterranean termites and the drywood termites. Drywood termites will live in their food source, commonly found in attics, and subterranean termites need the soil and will make their way from the ground up into your home. You can identify drywood termites by wood dust left behind and subterranean termites can be identified by mud tubes that trail along the foundation of your home.

Swarming season occurs during February and carries out until the end of April. Termites swarm when they have used up the resources around them and spread out to reproduce, starting new colonies in near locations. According to an article written in the Palm Beach Post, out of all the possible termites infesting your home, only 1% to 8% will swarm.

Even though swarming season isn’t occurring now, you may still have termites currently destroying your home. It’s also never too early to educate yourself or to prepare. Nozzle Nolen suggests searching for mud tubes, holes in walls, and weak spots in baseboards. Most homeowners don’t realize they have termites until the swarming season begins its process.

There are different treatment process for these two types of termites. A tent fumigation is the most effective way to eliminate drywood termites. For subterranean termites, advanced baiting systems are used. If you need professional help for your termite problems, call us today and one of our technicians will inspect your home and work with you to come up with the best solution.

To take extra precautionary steps, there are a few tips you as a homeowner can use.

1.       Don’t stack or keep any wood material near or next to the foundation of your home.

2.       Move sprinkler heads to keep them from spraying the sides of your home.

3.       Avoiding landscaping that causes pooling.

4.       Keep wood structures from having a direct contact with the soil. For example, if you have wooden stairs leading up to your home, try to use a concrete pad rather than planting the bottom of the stairs into the soil.

Homeowner’s insurance does not cover termite damage, so it is important that you keep your home protected. Signing up for our million-dollar guarantee termite protection plan will give you annual inspections, an on-call specialist, and a warranty that will last, even when selling your home. Call Nozzle Nolen to start protecting your home today!

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