Unfortunately, there is no permanent solution for drywood termites. Termites in Florida are a necessary evil, and while we cannot assure you they will never come back we can do our best to prevent them. But first, it’s important to understand why there is not a permanent termite fix.
Fumigation is a process during which a termite control company covers your home with a tent and then fills it with a gas that kills all of the bugs currently living in the structure. A benefit of fumigation to homeowners is that the gas leaves no residue behind so after 2 -3 days the family can safely move back into their home without having to worry about residual chemicals on their belongings. This same gaseous, no residue feature means that the termite killing chemicals only treat bugs existing in the structure at the time. Therefore, any future termite swarms will not be subject to the initial treatment.
Termite swarms take place in warm weather, generally after a rain. Swarms occur when young termites (alate nymphs) leave their original colony to start a new one.
So, if there is no permanent termite control solution, how can I protect my home?
Alert Your Pest Control Service At First Sight
If you are already seeing termite wings or frass (termite droppings) around window sills and on furniture it’s absolutely time to call your pest control service. The sooner you catch an infestation the easier it will be to treat.
Properly Ventilate Your Attic
Termites love finding warm, damp places to live and eat. Make sure that your attic is properly ventilated to ensure that air is flowing and not creating a hot damp living space for unwanted pests. Proper attic ventilation will also help keep your home cooler in the summer months.
Clean Up Your Yard
Eliminate any yard waste that might be attractive to termites. This includes downed trees or logs or untreated wood. Additionally, cut back any trees or bushes that come in contact with your home, and ensure that any wood touching your home from fencing, trellises, or decking has been treated.
Until we no longer use wood as a building material, our homes will always have some risk of termite infestation. Protecting your home is often as much about preventative maintenance as it is termite control treatment after the fact. If you need help dealing with your termite infestation call us today. Our certified technicians will come out, assess your home, and help you get ahead of your termite swarm.