- ONE IN THREE HOMES THAT SHOW NO SIGNS OF TERMITES HAVE ACTIVITY WITHIN TWO FEET OF THE FOUNDATION!
- TWO OF THREE HOMES BUILT SINCE 1987 WILL HAVE A TERMITE INFESTATION WITHIN FIVE YEARS
- IN MULTIPLE BUILDING SITUATIONS, EVERY BUILDING WAS BUILT THE SAME, USING THE SAME TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS. WHEN TERMITE PROTECTION FAILS IN ONE BUILDING, IT IS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THE REST WILLFAIL ALSO.
How can you tell if you have a termite problem? It is very difficult. Termites, by their very nature, remain hidden. They avoid open areas and remain buried deep in the wood that they are eating. Often, they are noticed only AFTER damage has been done to the structure.
An important point to remember is that subterranean termites work slowly. There are many, many variables when considering how fast or slow a termite’s colony will damage a home. Size of the colony, temperature, moisture, time of year, etc all affect the speed of damage. A small colony can typically eat six inches of a 2X4 in one year.
If you have regular routine yearly termite inspections of your home or business, you can find out if you have a termite problem or not. Since they eat very slowly, even if they have entered your home or business you can correct the problem before they cause an extensive costly amount of damage.
Collier Pest Control now offers a diagnostic tool to help answer the question, “Do we have a termite problem?” We will install at NO CHARGE, to any of our regular Collier Complete General Household Treatment customers, 8-10 termite monitors around each building. In 90 days, we will check each monitor, and report to you the location of any monitors that have termite activity. This will help show you, if and where you may have termite activity close to your foundation making your home a high risk account.
This helpful tool is available to you at Collier Pest Control! Call today to schedule a FREE termite inspection of your home or business. Don’t let unwanted guest spoil your beautiful Southwest Florida lifestyle. Remember, Florida does not have to be shared with insects!
MORE TERMITE INFORMATION:
The control of subterranean termites is often a major expense and like any other household expense should be carefully considered. As you have read above that termite’s eat very slowly. Do not rush into an agreement with any firm before you thoroughly investigate what is offered. Subterranean Termites, as the name suggests, live in the soil, in most cases. In some cases, when there is adequate moisture available within the home, they will “nest” in the home and not return to the colony located in the soil. The subterranean termite is an important part of our environment. In a natural setting, this termite recycles dead trees back into the soil. Without the termite, our forests would be littered with dead trees as wood “rot” cannot keep up. No one has been able to convince the termite that “dead” wood in your home should not be eaten. The termite sees the wood in your home as just another food source. The main portion of the colony stays in the ground and the workers, (cream colored & wingless), come into the home through “mud” tubes or cracks in the concrete as small as 1/64 of an inch. Once inside, they will eat the wood and bring it back to their nest mates in the ground.
During the spring of each year, the termites produce a winged alate (Swarmers). The purpose of the swarmers is to fly up into the air, find the opposite sex, mate, and start new colonies. Both the male and the female break off their wings and look for a suitable nesting area. In the forest, this would be a dead, damp decaying tree on the forest floor. When they swarm into the home, in most cases, they cannot damage the home, or start a nest as the area is much too dry. So unless you have a wet, rotten log in your living room, the alates cannot hurt you. Our experience has shown that there are normally three swarms. The first swarm is the major one, the second swarm is often 1/10th in size, and the last swarm is normally just a few insects. Subterranean termites normally avoid light. When swarmers are created by the colony, the opposite happens. The swarmers are attracted to light when they emerge, and are often found in window sills. As they come out in large numbers, they can be an awful nuisance. Try not to spray them with common household insecticides, as these products contain oils that can stain and make a mess. The easiest way to remove these alates is to vacuum them up. They will die shortly in the dry environment of the vacuum bag. Often, these swarmers will emerge within 30-60- days AFTER A HOME HAS BEEN TREATED. This is a defensive measure by the colony. The colony is under stress from the treatment and will often respond by sending the remaining swarmers out.