What are termites?
Termites are not only wood-destroying pests, but they are also essential decomposers. Termites and other decomposers are vital to the ecosystem as they break down organic materials, helping to form new growth.
Are termites dangerous?
Termites are dangerous, but not because they bite or spread diseases. Known as "silent destroyers," termites can live for months and years in a home without being noticed. They can eat away at a home's structure during this time, creating dangerous damage that can lead to collapses if the damage is severe.
Health-wise, termites can also trigger allergies and asthma as they produce dust, shed, and leave droppings.
Why do I have a termite problem?
Unfortunately, termites are a problem for many homeowners, especially in older homes. Older homes were not built with the treated wood we use now, which helps protect against termites. However, this does not mean that new homes can't also experience termites. If a property has years of high moisture buildup, it can be vulnerable to a subterranean infestation.
Where will I find termites?
Subterranean termites are the most common species in the United States, so more often than not, a home termite infestation is most likely this species. Since subterranean termites need constant contact with moist soil, you will be able to find them around the foundation of your home. Living in the ground, they create mud tubes to travel from their nest to the food source. This species is much easier to detect than drywood termites because drywood termites don't need moist soil, so they live inside the food source. They can also be found in higher places like attics, rather than just at ground level.
How do I get rid of termites?
To get rid of termites on your Casselberry property, you should contact us at Rowland Pest Management. Our inspection specialists are trained to assess termite damage and identify the species and how extensive the colony is. From there, one of our expert technicians will develop a treatment plan to get rid of this pest.
Assessing termite damage can be dangerous depending on how long they have been a problem. So instead of putting yourself at risk, let our team do the work for you, keeping you and your family safe in the process.
To learn more about our residential pest control options and commercial pest management solutions, or schedule a free inspection, please reach out to us today! We offer financing options to ensure our customers throughout Florida have access to the pest control services they need. We are always here to help. "When we roll in… bugs roll out!"
How can I prevent termites in the future?
Once you have your home treated to remove termites, you don't want them to return. To keep this from happening, you should perform the following home maintenance:
- Create a barrier between your foundation and any soil or mulch. To do this, you can use crushed rocks or other materials that won't hold water.
- In the same sense, you should remove leaves and other organic debris from your yard to reduce the moisture on your property, including removing dead trees or any water-damaged wood.
- Inspect and seal your home's exterior walls and foundation to keep termites from getting inside.