We have worked side-by-side with Terma Guard, Inc. since 2006 to bring our clients the best in Termite Inspections. For the past 25 years, TermaGuard has helped home owners in the Central Florida area identify, treat, eradicate and control subterranean termites, drywood termites, wood borers and powder post beetles.
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Subterranean termites are the most destructive insect pests of wood in the United States. They cause more than $5 billion in damage each year, more property damage than that caused by fire and windstorm combined.Their presence is hard to notice and damage usually is found before the termites are seen. Prevent infestations because if they occur they will almost always need professional pest control services.
Signs of Infestation
Generally, the first sign of infestation is the presence of swarming termites on the window or near indoor light. If they are found inside the house, it almost always means that they have infested. Other signs that may be found are: termite wings on window sills or in cobwebs,and shelter tubes which are tunnels constructed by the termites from soil or wood and debris.
Usually, wood damage is not found at first, but when it is found it definitely reveals a termite infestation. Anywhere wood touches soil is a possible entry into a home for termites. Examine wood which sounds dull or hollow when struck by a screwdriver or hammer. Inspect suspected areas with a sharp, pointed tool such as an icepick to find termite galleries or their damage.
Control measures include: reducing the potential infestation, preventing termite entry and applying chemicals for remedial treatment.
Check the foundation of the house, garage and other buildings for shelter tubes coming from the soil. Look closely around porches, connecting patios, sidewalks, areas near kitchens or bathrooms and hard-to-see places. Check window and door frames and where utility services enter the house for termite infestation or wood decay. Also look behind shrubbery or plants near walls. Pay special attention to areas where earth and wood meet such as fences, stair carriages or trellises. Open and check any exterior electrical meter or fuse box set into the wall, a common point of infestation.
Carefully check all doors, window facings, baseboards and hardwood flooring. Discoloration or stains on walls or ceilings may mean that water is leaking and can decay wood and aid termite infestation. It is very important to inspect where plumbing or utility pipes enter the foundation or flooring. Also examine the attic for shelter tubes, water leakage, wood rot or wood damage.
Many termite problems can be prevented. The most important thing to do is deny termites access to food (wood), moisture and shelter. Follow the sugestions below.
- have at least a 2-inch clearance between the house and planter boxes or soil-filled porches
- eliminate all wood-to-soil contacts such as trellises, fence posts, stair casings and door facings (they can be put on masonry blocks or on treated wood)
- separate shrubbery from the house to help make it easier to inspect the foundation line
- use wolmanized wood (pressure-treated wood) so that rain will not rot it
- seal openings through the foundation
- remove wood scraps or stumps from around foundations
- have at least 12″-18″ clearance between floor beams and the soil underneath
Termite treatment often requires specialized equipment. Therefore, it is recommended that you always use the services of a pest control operator because he is familiar with construction principles and practices, has the necessary equipment and knows about subterranean termites.
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