Subterranean Termites are the most common, and the most destructive, of the three species of termites found in Florida. Believe it or not, termites cause more damage than Hurricanes, Floods and Fires combined! It’s estimated that termites cause in excess of $5 BILLION in damage to homes every year.
Subterranean Termites, as the name implies, nest in soil and live underground. They are attracted to wood or other items that contain cellulose for food and they are attracted to light.
Termites live in a caste system where the Soldiers make a large portion of the termite population. The colony is controlled by a Queen who requires several hundred of her soldiers to move her. She lays an egg every 15 seconds, meaning that Subterranean Termite colonies can grow to contain upwards of 1 million termites! Workers and Reproductives make up the rest of the colony. Termites typically swarm in the Spring.
Unlike roaches, flies or other insects commonly found in a home, the average person doesn’t encounter termites because they are living within the walls of your home. Because they can’t be seen, it is easy to feel safe from them. Surviving anywhere there is moisture, Subterranean Termites often produce secondary colonies in damp places such as around leaking/faulty pipes, a shower recess, broken roof tiles, damp wood piles and more.
With wood structures, they can tunnel undetected into your home from their nest and attack any wood structure that they happen to find. They will, quite literally, eat you out of house and home – feasting the wood and other cellulose materials that are holding your home together.
Concrete Block (CBS) Homes are not immune to termite infestations. Termites can enter a CBS home through the smallest of openings (about 1/32 of an inch). Common entry points for termites in a CBS home can be a crack in your foundation, loose mortar joints between the blocks due to settlement cracks, space around a drain pipe, and more.
As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The best way to avoid a termite infestation is to prevent it from the beginning. The Bug Man, Inc. offers several Termite Control Services:
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Benjamin Franklin
NEW CONSTRUCTION TERMITE PREVENTION
If you are building your home, The Bug Man, Inc can perform a soil pre-treatment. This is where we come to your construction site and apply termiticides to the soil before the slab is poured. This procedure blocks concealed access of Subterranean Termites to your new home’s structure. The minimal cost of this treatment is far less if you compare it to the cost of repairing damages to your home after discovering you have a Subterranean Termite infestation.
TERMITE PREVENTION: PURCHASING A HOME
If you are purchasing a home, you will most likely have a home inspector look over your home before purchasing it. However, in most cases, it does not include a WDO (the state form), which is sometimes required by mortgage companies. WDO inspections must be completed by a Licensed professional Pest Company. The Bug Man, Inc is Licensed and Certified by the State of Florida to perform WDO inspections.
If you discover you have a Subterranean Termite infestation, or would like to start a plan to prevent one, The Bug Man, Inc has several Termite Control options available, including a NO TENT Termite Treatment.Pricing and treatment all depend on your needs and degree of infestation. Contact The Bug Man, Inc today, for your free no-charge consultation.