While termites are active year round, here in termite swarm season is typically in the early spring. Should you suspect termite activity, don’t panic! JP Miller & Sons Services will put a stop to your termite problem.
Fort Lauderdale Termite Control Services – Residential and Commercial
While any pest in your home is a problem, termites are more than just a nuisance, as they will literally eat your home. Wood, paper, burlap … any kind of cellulose are termite snacks.
Those critters also need a source of water, albeit a leaky garden hose or the water that collects around your A/C unit. Regardless of your counter measures, termites can and will infest any home.
Help lower your chances of infestation by reducing the amount of wood material near your home, keep your exterior walls in good condition, and use bug screens on vents.
For Fort Lauderdale Termite Control, Prevention Is Key
The average home accrues $7,900 in damages. Unfortunately, termite damage may not be covered by many homeowners’ insurance. Fort Lauderdale Termite Control can lower the overall cost.
Annual inspections often provides early discovery, providing a head start for Fort Lauderdale termite control.
Signs of infestation
Problems usually start when you notice small, clear insect wings scattered about the outside of your house. As the termites take up residence in your home, they’ll shed their wings and being to reproduce.
Termite swarms may be visible in the early spring. Termites are often confused with flying ants. Look for any damaged wood, soft wood, mud tubes and darkening or blistering of wood structures.
Additionally, you might notice pencil-sized tubes protruding from your outside walls. These mud-tunnels provide termites with protection and moisture.
Termites in Fort Lauderdale
In Florida, we generally deal with three different types of termites.
Dry wood termites often require a whole home fumigation know as a tent treatment. Drywood termites do not require any contact with the ground. Drywood termites infest both natural and structural wood. Drywood termites expel their fecal pellets from the gallery through kick out holes.
Formosan termites are one of the toughest termites to treat. A single colony of FST may contain several million termites (versus several hundred thousand termites for native subterranean termite species) that forage up to 300 ft in soil. Formosan subterranean termites also create above ground carton nest.
Subterranean termites require a perimeter soil treatment with Termidor or baiting system like Sentricon. Structural infestations of subterranean termites are usually not visible. A single colony of subterranean termites may contain 100,000 – 1 million termites and forage up to 150 feet in search of food.
Inspecting your premise
While every situation is different, our trained professionals will inspect the following common termite entry points::
- Foundation cracks and crevices
- Spaces between concrete blocks and slab joints
- Eaves, doors, attics, and windows
As a homeowner, here are a few ideas to help prevent termite infestations
- Stack all wood and wooden items several feet away from your building
- For construction, use only pressure-treated wood which touches the ground
- Fix leaking water fixtures and lines
- Repair any downspouts, eaves, gables and shingles
- Use yellow or pale amber outdoor bulbs, especially during the spring
Getting a handle on the situation
Termiticide spray is the best way to get rid of drywood termites, however heat treatment and fumigation are also options for hard to reach places. Additionally, depending on the nature of the infestation, electronic methods or extreme cold can be employed.
Dealing with either Formosan or subterranean termites there there are two major treatment options to consider.
- A liquid chemical trench / barrier treatment around the exterior of your home
- A baiting system around the exterior of your home
A fumigation is the process where the fumigant will travel freely within the tent and flow from wall to wall and from the foundation through the attic/roof. It will also control undetected termites that may be in picture frames, wood furniture and cabinets.
We carefully measure the structure to be fumigated.
We create a detailed graph of your home and identify any challenges in advance, such as an attached fence, satellite dish, chimney, high elevation roof, steep grade roof and landscaping and trees too close to the structure.
Accurate measurements are critical to the success of the fumigation as the cubic footage and type of foundation determine exactly how much fumigant needs to be administered into the structure in order to kill the termites.
How Often Should You Inspect?
Given its difficult nature, and to ensure the problem doesn’t get out of hand, we suggest a yearly full inspection.
That being said, if you think you have a problem, don’t wait! Call us immediately to schedule an appointment.
Each fumigation includes a 12 month warranty period that may be renewed every year on the anniversary of the original fumigation.
This will offer peace of mind and continued protection for your home.