Jacksonville Pest Control, Termite Control

How do you know if you have termites?

Appearance

Because Termites mostly live underground and in the walls of your home, you are unlikely to see the termites themselves.

Telltale Signs

Since you likely won’t see termites, look for these signs:

  • Termite droppings, which look like small, ridged, wood-colored pellets.
  • Mud tubes on exterior surface (pictured to the left).
  • Wings all of the same size (look like tiny fish scales) shredded near an entry point to your home.

Since some of these signs are difficult to detect, we recommend regular inspection by a pest-control professional.

Why should you be worried?

Most homeowners list their first home as their single largest investment. With termite damage totalling upwards of $5 billion per year, they are a major threat to that investment. Furthermore, most insurance plans don/t cover treatment or repairs due to termites.

Tips for Preventing Termite Infestation

  • Eradicate the collection of moisture by fixing pipes, A/C units, and other home fixtures prone to leaking.
  • Ensure drainage sites remain clean and effective.
  • Caulk cracks in the foundation and around utility lines or pipes.
  • Keep plants and mulch well maintained.
  • Store firewood and lumber away from the home.
  • Remove excess wood like tree stumps or yard debris.
  • Install appropriately sized screens on exterior vents.
  • Monitor outdoor wooden structures for signs of infestation.

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites live in colonies in the soil. They require moisture from the soil to survive, and can tunnel hundreds of feet to reach feeding sites. To reach food above ground, they build mud tubes to protect them from exposure to light, air and
enemies.

Drywood Termites

Found coast to coast throughout the southern regions of the U.S., Drywood termites live inside dry wood. Their colonies can be dispersed within your home and can spread, infesting more than one area.

Formosan Termites

Formosan termites are a more aggressive species of Subterranean termites that can establish secondary nests above the ground.

Source:http://www.orkin.com/termitecontrol

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