How To Tell If You Have Termites

Termite Identification

Knowing how to correctly identify a termite is the first step to spotting and preventing termite infestation. Termites are fairly small even when fully grown; they’re almost the same size of most common ants. Termites and ants can look similar, but there are a few key differences between the two.

Termites and a few types of ants—such as flying ants—have a number of similar features. What’s worse, the fact that they both have wings makes identifying them even worse. One of the differences between them is that termites have a straight, thick middle section and ants have more of a curved middle. Another key difference is that termites have straight antennae, while ants have “elbowed” antennae, which essentially means that it’s bent. Lastly, termite wings both run about the same length but flying ants have wings that vary in length.

 

 

Tell Tale Signs of Termites

It’s common knowledge that termites love wood. To check for termites, look inside small wooden spaces (such as crawl spaces) for evidence of damage and for tubes or tunnels of soil or mud. Termites use tunnels to get from one place to the next without being harmed. Another good place to look for termites is the ceiling of the attic; drywood termites favor building colonies in the wood of the roof line.

Look for holes and cracks in wood as well as other abnormalities for evidence of a termite infestation. Probe and examine wood to look inside and underneath. It is also advised to look for little bits of waste that termites might leave behind.

 

Tips to Prevent Termite Infestation

Here are some of our tips to finding termites and preventing termite infestation:

  • Avoid stacking and storing lumber, firewood and wood fragments inside or next to the house.
  • Don’t use wooden trellises outside.
  • Don’t keep trees stumps—especially the infested ones—in the yard.
  • Provide proper ventilation inside attics and crawl spaces.
  • Never let a hose, water lines, roofs or faucets leak. Repair them right away if they’re dripping.
  • Keep mulch, sawdust and other wooden debris away from the ground; raise it by at least one foot or store it in a shed away from the house.
  • Keep all shrubbery, trees and bushes trimmed and tidy, and never put it right next to the house.

If you think you might have a termite infestation, don’t wait until it’s too late. Termite infestations can do irreparable damage to your home.

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Termite Concerns for Florida Homeowners – Protect Your Investment

The purchase of a home is one of the largest investments a person will make in their lives. Many people like the balmy climate in Florida and therefore make a home purchase to live out their lives in this state. Unfortunately, Florida is one of the favorite areas for termites of all types.

Eastern subterranean termites populate Florida as well as many other states on the eastern coastline and the southern coastline. This type of termite usually swarms in the spring, although smaller swarms can occur in the summer. The swarming conditions are prime after a warm rain shower when the soil temperature is about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Eastern subterranean termites are the most destructive pests to fir and timber of all types used in building homes. They eat out the soft centers of wood and leave a thin layer of wood on the exterior, causing structures to collapse if not caught in time.

 

The Formosan subterranean termite also resides in Florida and other coastal regions. Nests can contain thousands of termites which cause major structural damage to homes as well as to several types of growing trees. They do not discriminate whether the wood is processed or still growing. Power poles are also consumed by these termites. These pests swarm in high humidity after a rain from dusk to midnight and are attracted to outdoor lighting.

Powderpost drywood termites inhabit west coastal states from Virginia to Florida. This type of termite not only destroys the structure of your home, but is equally happy when eating away at your wood furniture inside your home. They actually colonize and live in the same area that they are eating on.

Florida dampwood termites are localized in Florida along the coast of the state and the Florida Keys in subtropical locations, mangrove forests and in urban settings. These termites swarm over the course of several months at dusk or during the night.

South Florida termites cause millions of dollars in damage to homes in Florida, but they can quickly be taken care of if discovered through a termite inspection. Contacting a south Florida pest control company for a termite inspection can save you literally thousands of dollars that you would spend to eliminate the pests and the costs of rebuilding your home from the ground upward. Termite inspectors also examine your home for other wood eating pests, such as powder post beetles, old wood borers and wood fungi that can all destroy your timbers. In an area that is such a great established termite zone, it just makes sense to have an annual termite inspection on your property.

 

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Beware Homeowner! New Hybrid Termite in South Florida

If you own a home in South Florida, you have to be concerned about recent news reports that two different and newly introduced South Florida Termite species are breeding in the region. The species, the Asian (Coptotermes gestroi), and the Formosan (Coptotermes formosanus) have the potential when they breed together to cause serious property damage all across the South Florida region. According to researchers, the interbreeding among these two species has cause an estimated $40 billion worth of damage worldwide. One way to deal with this South Florida termite problem would be through immediate engagement of South Florida Pest Control companies to begin their termite eradication services early in the game.

Worrisome Facts on these new termite species

According to researchers, the Asian termite came from the tropical areas in Southeast Asia. On the other hand, the Formosan termite evolved from a separate environment, and has separately bred for hundreds of thousands of years. Eventually when the human factor is added, such as movement from place to place,these two species came in contact with one another in places like Taiwan and in Hawaii, and now -South Florida.

Two species have been observed mating in South Florida

Researchers have observed the two South Florida termite species mating. Heightened concerns have arisen over the breeding of a new hybrid termite offspring. The main concerns of researchers include the possibility that the hybrid offspring may tolerate and thrive in much warmer temperatures.

Territorial implication for the new Hybrid termite

When one considers the fact that the parent species of this new hybrid termite were bred and germane to tropical warm and hot areas of the world, this development has the tendency to cover wide territorial regions. The implications for this could mean that a new hybrid termite offspring in South Florida could eventually spread and survive in areas stretching from North Carolina to as far south as Brazil.

The need for greater termite control services in South Florida

This new development has drawn homeowner’s attention to the need of engaging South Florida Pest Control service providers. This is the best measure to deal with the grave danger posed by south Florida termites. Everyone that owns a home should be warned about the potential, posed by the spreading of the new hybrid South Florida Termites, which has the potential to really cause serious property damage to homes all across the south Florida region.

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Did You Know? Amazon Termite & Pest Control has been servicing South Florida for over 30 years. We are certified Pest Professionals & Board Certified Entomologists. We have the experience with South Florida weather and environmental conditions to know how to exterminate pests in an environmentally and pet friendly manner and with no smelly sprays!

Service we offer include:
 Commercial & Residential Pest Control
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 Termite Inspections & Treatments (both tent and no tent)
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No Tent Termite Solution – Save Time & Money & Eradicate Termites…..for good!

Termites are the bane of every homeowner’s existence. If a termite infestation is not dealt with quickly, it can lead to more damage to your home than a natural disaster. If you are not having your home checked for termites on an annual or semi-annual basis, you are at risk. Lucky for you, however, there is a solution: Amazon Termite and Pest Control.

Termite Facts:

  • A mature termite queen can lay up to 2,000 eggs a day. That is 60,000 termites in the span of a month.
  • Just one nest can take just days to completely overtake your home.
  • Termite season starts in April in South Florida and can last through the whole summer.
  • Some insurance companies do not cover termite damage.
  • Termites do billions of dollars in destruction in the US. They cause more monetary damage to homes in the US than both structure fires and flooding.

 

So what can be done?

Amazon Termite and Pest Control can help you detect and eliminate termite problems in and around your home. They do what is called a no-tent termite solution. Instead of packing up your food and family and moving out for days while an exterminator gets rid of your termite problem, Amazon offers a no tent solution. This means you don’t have to leave your home and can save you hundreds of dollars in hotel costs, moving out and possible missed work. No tent means that in just hours, not days or even a week, you can be back in your house termite free. 

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