Tuesday, January 27, 2015

  Subterranean Termites

If you live in the Tampa Bay area and own a home, there are certain aspects of Mother Nature that are especially troubling.
Subterranean Termites.
The first two you really can’t do much about other than be aware of the weather and keep insurance premiums up-to-date. The last one – subterranean termites – causes more damage than the other two combined, and most insurance policies are not going to help pay for the damage if you get infested.

What can be done 
Prevention and maintenance are so vitally important in minimizing your risks as a homeowner. What can you do to protect your home? Subterranean Termites require moisture, unlike Drywood Termites (these are the ones you see houses tented for). So repair any leaks, make sure that water drains away from your foundation, install and maintain clean gutters, remove soil up against siding and stucco, and get an annual inspection and/or install a professional monitoring system. Above all, get an exterminator at first sign of mud tunnels or swarming. The swarming season is weather dependent, but is normally from late winter thru early spring.
There are two main extermination approaches. Historically, a chemical vapor barrier was created around the house by pouring or injecting gaseous and toxic chemicals around the foundation. This necessitates the digging of a trench where possible and drilling holes in driveways, sidewalks, and pool decks. This chemical envelope around your home must not be disturbed, per the manufacturer. Planting new bushes or even sprinkling too close to the house can nullify many warranties.
Then there is the Advantage way: Using environmentally safe bait stations, treated with growth hormones or agents that affect the digestion system of termites, to kill the entire colony. We then return frequently to monitor and refill or replace the stations.
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The picture above is termite destruction, which dosn't take long once they start. This was from a job we were called out to last year 2014.
Fun Facts!
Did you know? The protein content of termites is higher than beef!!!! 

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Michael and Buddy (the famous termite-snffing and detecting hound) keeping you termite-free naturally.

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