Types of Termites and How to Protect Your Home

Termites are a problem for people in Coral Springs and many more around the world. They not only damage the house you’re living in, but also the yard you own. They’re known as a ‘silent destroyer’, as most of the damage they produce doesn’t show immediate effect until it’s too late to do anything about it.

Termites consume materials with plant-like origins, and unfortunately for most homes, they provide these little insects with a dinner and lifestyle.

Uncommon knowledge to most is that there are four types of termites in South Florida instead of just one. First, there are the dampwood termites, chubby little critters that create swarms while immature termites do work in the colony.

Second, there are drywood termites. These insects look like larvae of other bugs or grubworms, and can live in any sort of wooded area. They’re usually found in attics where there is little moisture.

Third are the Formosan termites, which are the termites that most people think of when talking about this type of insect. These particular termites are soil-related insects and are found in yards more than houses.

And lastly there are the subterranean termites, which create tunnels throughout underground soil in search for food while destroying your yard in the process.

If you’re wondering if your house has termites, then there are some pretty blatant signs. The first sign to look for is hollow areas of your home’s wood; furniture, walls, beams, any sort of wooden object could be a hidden nest. If you tap on it and it sounds hollow, then these areas could be infested. Little holes like puncture wounds would also be visible.

Secondly, if you can touch it and it brittles and falls apart, or gives easily to the touch, then it’s probably another sign that termites have been there.
Lastly, these little critters are messy and usually leave mud trails, so if you see little trails of dirt throughout the house leading to walls, it’s probably termites.

Getting rid of termites and protecting your home can be a tedious and long process, but it’s worth it in the end. Methods of getting rid of termites are as follows: orange oil, which is used to almost disintegrate the termite from the outside-in; microwaves, which cook the bugs where they stand; electrocution; boric acid, which is harmful to most if not all bugs; and sunlight, as too much light and heat can kill their bodies as they live in the dark. To learn more about available treatments, visit pestcontrolcoralspringsfl.net

Some of these procedures can require you to drill holes near their habitats, but some methods can avoid that. These processes could take a little bit of time and require frequent checks and follow-up methods, but in the end they can help you rid yourself of your pest problem and prevent further infestation.