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Termite Identification

What are termites?

Termites are one of the few organisms that feed on cellulose. They have specialized protozoa in their stomachs that converts the cellulose fibers into a usable source of energy. In Florida, there are two main species of termites: drywood termites and subterranean termites. Ground-nesting subterranean termites are the most widespread species living in the United States.

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Drywood termites live together in smaller colonies than subterranean termites, but the individuals themselves are slightly larger. Drywood termites are not widespread across the United States but are a significant problem in the southern United States.

Are termites dangerous?

The secretive and silent nature of termites helps make these insects dangerous pests to contend with. They move indoors inside of wood or through spaces in the foundation. Termites work day and night inside the wood, eating and causing extensive and costly damage.

Termite damage is so expensive to repair because it is not something that most homeowners' insurance covers. Insurance companies do not cover termite damage because the damage is preventable. For help preventing subterranean and drywood termites from invading your property, reach out to the professionals to Rodent Solutions.

Why do I have a termite problem?

When living in Florida, it is crucial to understand that termites are a year-round problem and can find their way into any home. Termites live and work together in large numbers; that combined with an insatiable appetite, termites pose a massive threat to our properties.

Properties that are most susceptible to termites are those near plenty of food sources. Termites are always on the lookout for new sources of food and moisture. Tree stumps, fallen trees, old untreated fences or playsets, mulch, water leaks, and excessive ground moisture attract termites.

Where will I find termites?

Subterranean termites nest in the soil; they do not nest within the structural wood or other wooden items they're feeding on. After moving into a structure and determining a food source is present, the subterranean termites begin feeding and typically won't leave until the food runs out or they are forced out. Hungry termites damage structural beams, insulation, wallpaper, wood trim, and other structural elements.

Drywood termites prefer sound wood. They don't require the high amount of moisture that subterranean termites need for survival. They get the water they require from the wood they are feeding on and the humidity that is in the air.

Unlike subterranean termites, drywood termites do nest within the wood they are feeding on. Attic beams, exposed timber, antique wooden furniture, and wood trim are all susceptible to termite damage. A drywood termite infestation usually occurs after wood already infested with the termites is introduced into your home.

How do I get rid of termites?

With over 21 years of combined experience, you can trust Rodent Solutions to rid your Bradenton, Florida area home or business of termites. Because of our dedication to the pest control industry, our technicians work closely with our customers to ensure their pest problems are completely solved. Through thorough inspections, spot treatments, and the installation of bait stations, we eliminate current termites and prevent termites from choosing your property to invade in the future.

To learn more about our residential and commercial termite control options, give the Florida pest control experts a call at Rodent Solutions.

How can I prevent termites in the future?

Termites and other pests are problematic in Florida throughout the entire year. The following prevention tips will help you to guard your home from termites:

  • Inspect your yard and eliminate damp or rotting wood that will attract termites to your property.
  • Create a crushed rock barrier of at least 12-18 inches between the foundation and any soil or mulch to reduce the amount of damp material pushed up against your foundation.
  • Remove things from your property that termites could use as a food source like tree stumps, old rotting fences, fallen trees, and unused lumber.
  • Inspect your home's exterior, then repair any openings in the foundation, exterior walls, and roofline, that termites could use as entry points.
  • Eliminate areas of standing water near your home that may attract termites. Fix leaky pipes and fixtures.
  • Repair leaky air conditioners.
  • Inspect antique wood furniture, wood beams, or other wooden items for signs of termites before bringing them into your home.

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