There are only two types of homes in Tequesta, those that have termites and those that will one day have termites if preventative measures aren't taken. If you own property in Tequesta, termite protection is essential in order to protect your equity. Not only are termites plentiful in our area, they are also very destructive. In fact, South Florida is home to the most destructive termites in the world, Formosan subterranean termites and Asian subterranean termites. Here's what you need to know most about the termites found in our area of Florida.
These termites come up from the ground and attack softwood first, then move into areas of harder wood. When they feed on hardwood, they prefer to feed on the soft part between the grains. This type of termite requires a lot of moisture to survive. They feed almost exclusively inside wood and must create shelter tubes in order to travel from the ground to the wood of a home. Subterranean termites can have colonies with populations in the hundreds of thousands! These colonies are typically established in the ground, though some species are able to create colonies inside a man-made structure by lining their nest with feces to keep the moisture in. When subterranean termites invade, they are able to completely destroy a home.
These termites attack the hardwood of a home first and sometimes feed on softwood as well. As they feed on hardwood, they chew across the grain. Drywood termites get in through gaps and cracks and establish colonies inside the wood that they're going to feed on. This allows them to do damage rather quickly. These termites will not only damage your home, but may also damage any hardwood products in your home such as furniture, banisters, frames, antiques, and more.
In the United States, subterranean termite damage costs property owners billions of dollars every year. The cost of drywood termite damage is in the hundreds of millions. But it is important to keep this in perspective. The distribution of drywood termites in the United States in only a fraction of the distribution of subterranean termites. However, in Florida, we have large populations of subterranean and drywood termites as well as many other species. Therefore, there is a large share of the property damage caused by termites in our area.
When it comes to detection, you're going to have a much easier time detecting the presence of drywood termites than subterranean termites. This is because drywood termites push their dry, pepper-like droppings out the tiny holes they create. These droppings are called frass. Subterranean termites won't be so helpful. If subterranean termites attack your home, they will do so from dark locations in crawl spaces, underneath decks, behind stairs, and in other locations, which can be difficult to get into. However, you may get lucky and see a shelter tube behind a bush or on an inside wall behind an object. Recognizing these mud tubes is a vital part in early termite detection.
Since these termites attack homes in different ways, the methods of controlling and eliminating them are different. For subterranean termites, your termite specialist may suggest a solution that uses bait to eliminate colonies, or you may be recommended a solution that relies on the application of Termidor (the number-one termite control product in the United States) to arrest the termite infestation. For drywood termites, fumigation is often the best way to go. Your termite specialist can help you arrange for a full tent fumigation of your home or guide you toward targeted solutions such as a tape-and-seal fumigation or a vault fumigation. Tape-and-seal is great for treating single-story buildings, single-family homes, and yachts. Vault fumigation is used for dealing with drywood termites that have invaded furniture and other wooden items inside a home.
Where To Turn
Just as all termites are not the same, all pest control companies are not the same. When protecting your property from these wood-destroying pests, it is important to choose a company you can trust!
Nozzle Nolen has been serving Florida residents since 1951. We are proud to be an Angie's List Super Service award winner and a recipient of the Better Business Bureau's "Golden Bee Award" for Exceptional Service. We're also QualityPro and GreenPro Certified by the National Pest Management Association. If you have pest problems, we have pest solutions! To learn more about our termite control options, contact us today!