All Termites Are Not Created Equal
If you own a home in Port St. Lucie, you already know that termites are a threat. The fact that termites in South Florida are able to completely destroy a home is no secret. Termites are a fact of life. Fortunately, termite damage is not inevitable. If we take proper precautions, this is damage that can be prevented. Here are a few things every homeowner in Port St. Lucie should know.
While no homeowner needs an infestation of drywood termites, it is definitely preferable to a subterranean termite infestation. Subterranean termites come up from the ground and secretly feed on a home for years. Drywood termites aren't as secretive. If you have drywood termites in your home you're likely to see their feces littered on window sills and underneath kick-out holes. Subterranean termites keep their feces inside their tunnels, so they are harder to detect. This may be one strong reason why annual subterranean termite damage in the U.S. is in the billions and drywood termite damage is in the hundreds of millions.
What Signs Subterranean Termites Leave
- Before subterranean termites feed on your home, you may find them feeding on another wood source in your yard. These termites can travel as far as the length of a football field in search of food. Some sources of food they may find in your yard are stumps, logs, dying trees or bushes, stick debris, wooden borders around flower beds, mulch, fences, and similar things. Be aware that, if subterranean termites are feeding on something in your yard, you're probably going to have to do some digging, or cutting, to see them. These are moisture pests, they do not like to expose themselves to the air.
- When subterranean termites get into a home, they cannot simply climb the foundation wall and start feeding on the wood. They must develop tubes made from soil to protect themselves from the air and the sun. While mud tubes are obvious when pointed out by a pest control technician, they can be overlooked if you don't know what you're looking at. You may mistake them for residue left from a stream of water running down your foundation wall after a rainstorm. You might think they're splatters of mud. If they are not in a noticeable lightning shape, you may mistake them for any number of naturally occurring conditions. It is also important to understand that subterranean termites prefer to create these tubs in moist, shaded locations. That means they are likely to be established in a location you can't easily see or get to.
- One of the first warning signs people get of a subterranean termite infestation is often mistaken for an impending infestation. If you see white-winged termite swarmers crawling around on the outside of your home, you need to understand what you're looking at. If you see a few swarmers here and there, you may have an impending infestation but when hundreds are crawling on your home, you have a current infestation somewhere on your property or inside your home. If you find swarmers inside your home, don't think for a minute they found a way inside. Swarmers are drawn to light. If they're in your home, they're looking for a way to get out. That means a mature nest is already in your home.
- Termite swarms don't last long. Sometimes, the only evidence you'll get that there was a swarm is the presence of shed wings on window sills and other surfaces. These wings will be white and similar in length.
- The last way you ever want to find out you have termites is when you see the damage they're doing. When you start to see subterranean termite damage, it is usually after extensive "unseen" damage has occurred.
Termite Damage Prevention
When it comes to preventing the damage caused by "all" termites, we strongly recommend investing in ongoing termite control from a trusted professional. DIY termite control is tricky and potentially harmful.
At Nozzle Nolen, our team of certified professionals employ colony elimination systems and Termidor liquid treatments to ensure the protection of properties in Port St. Lucie and our extensive South Florida service area. The products and services are backed by our No-Fine-Print Million-Dollar Guarantee. If your property is not yet protected, reach out to us today.