Full-Service Termite Inspection & Control in Boca Raton
If you suspect a termite colony is eating your Boca Raton home or office, you need to act quickly to obtain professional and prompt termite inspection and treatment.
Our top-notch technicians will respond on the same or next day to inspect your property and give you a free quote and educate you regarding your options.
In addition to the common Subterranean and Drywood Termites, Boca Raton is home to a few aggressive and invasive species of termites. Our termite specialists are given up-to-date training and continuing education to keep up with the spread of these invasive species.
Our free, no-obligation quote will give you information you need to take back your property.
You made your home in Boca Raton because you enjoy the tropical breezes, sun showers, and the beautiful views created by the warm and humid climate. Termites love this climate too!
Every year termites cause approximately 5 billion dollars in damage to homes and businesses, with about 600,000 homes being affected.
Proper termite identification is crucial to a successful termite treatment. The species of termite and the severity of the infestation will depend upon the recommended form of treatment.
The most common species in Boca Raton are Subterranean Termites and Drywood Termites. The two invasive species are Formosan Termites and Asian Subterranean Termites.
Subterranean Termites live exclusively in the soil and are considered native to this area. They travel from the soil into the wood in your structure using mud tubes that they build. Subterranean Termites have large colonies, often over 1 million termites in each colony. A large subterranean colony can eat a 2×4 in about 5 months. Subterranean Termites often remain undetected for years and have likely already caused significant damage by the time they swarm, or you see the mud tubes.
Drywood Termites nest entirely in the wood and do not need to access the soil at all. They obtain all the moisture they need from the wood they are eating. Drywood Termite colonies are smaller than Subterraneans, but multiple colonies can infest a structure at the same time. You may see the Drywood Termites swarm in late spring or summer, or you may notice a small pile of what appears to be coffee grounds or sawdust in a window or door frame. Drywood termites push their fecal matter out of the wood they are eating. Don’t ignore this frass and simply vacuum it up.
Formosan and Asian Subterranean Termites are non-native invasive species of super termites that have been identified in Boca Raton. They live in enormous colonies and are very aggressive eaters. They cause significant damage in a short period of time. These non-native species live in colonies that are about 10x the size of the native subterranean termites. Therefore, the amount of damage that a native subterranean colony can do in about one year, will take these non-native species only about one month. Both species have been identified in Boca Raton and are very quickly spreading to surrounding cities. If you suspect one of these super termites, do not delay treatment. The video below, produced by the University of Florida shows what 2,000 Formosan Termites can do in just 30 days.
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Call today to have your property inspected by our termite specialists. With the most up-to-date knowledge and technology, we can provide a treatment plan that fits your situation. Solutions may include:
Soil Treatment – The gold-standard for all types of Subterranean Termites is a soil or barrier treatment. Nextgen Pest Solutions’ trained technicians can create a barrier between the soil and your home. The product we use is non-repellent, meaning the termites cannot smell it and avoid it. It eliminates termites both by ingestion and through contact with the product.
Baiting System – Termite baiting provides long term protection with a small amount of insecticide. Your NextGen Pest Solutions Professional will install the bait stations around the perimeter of your Boca Raton home or business, monitor the stations for termite activity, and apply pesticide via the bait station as needed. Termites take the insecticide back to their colonies, resulting in the destruction of the queen and the entire colony in one to two months.
Spot Treatment – Drywood Termites do not access the soil, so you must treat them inside the wood. An effective spot treatment requires your Nextgen Pest Solutions professional to apply pesticide directly to the termite gallery where the termites are feeding.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Common Questions Our Customers Ask
How Much Does it Cost To Get Rid of Termites in Boca Raton, FL?
This can range from $200 to thousands of dollars. An average home treatment costs about $800 to $1200. To narrow down the cost here are some questions you will need to know the answers to: Are the termites in a single piece of furniture or the entire home? Are they subterranean or drywood termites? Does the entire home need treated? Start with a professional inspection to help narrow down the treatment type and cost.
Where Do Termites Come From in Boca Raton, FL?
Termites get into your home by either tunneling up from the ground beneath or by swarming. Swarming typically happens once a year for most large termite colonies. The colony produces special termites with wings called swarmers (also known as alates or reproductive). These swarmers are males and females. They fly out of the colony and look for a place to start a new colony. Most will die and not be successful. However, if they successfully pair up and find a suitable place for a new colony in your home then you may have a problem.
Can Termites Make You Sick in Boca Raton, FL?
No termites do not affect people. However, sometimes termites are a sign of hidden moisture issues that can also be conducive to health issues such as mold.
How Do I Tell if I Have Termites?
Termites can be positively identified from samples of live/dead termites, termite frass (termite poop), or by damage to the wood itself. A professional inspection is the best way to identify which type of termites (if any) that you have and they best treatment method.
How Big Are Termites?
Most termites are ¼” to ½” long.
What Color Are Termites?
This varies by species, but common termite species are black, brown, tan, or reddish-brown.
How Much Does it Cost To Tent a House for Termites?
Tent fumigation prices are based on the cubic feet of volume under the tent. Prices typically range from $1000 for a small home to well over $10,000 for a larger structure such as a condominium or commercial building. This is much more expensive to other termite control methods such as termite baiting or “No-Tent” treatments. The key is to have a professional inspection to properly identify the type of termite and the extent of the infestation.
How Do I Get Rid of Subterranean Termites
Subterranean termites typically live in the ground, tunnel up into your home to feed, and then return to the ground. The most common treatments are liquid treatments or termite bait station outside along the perimeter of your home. Active areas inside your home may also be spot-treated to speed up control.
How Do I Get Rid of Drywood Termites
Drywood termites workers do not leave the wood they are eating and often travel no more than a foot or so. The key for drywood termite control is to get a treatment to them because they will not move to the soil to contact a treatment like subterranean termites do. Our preferred treatments for drywood termites are foam injection directly into the termite tunnels or fumigation. We suggest having a professional inspection to properly identify which kind of termites you have in your walls.
How Do I Get Rid of Flying Termites
Flying termites (also called swarmers or alates) are the life stage of termites that fly out of a colony once a year to establish a new colony elsewhere. Most will die before this happens leaving you with gross piles of dead termites on window sills and around lights. Any bug spray, or even a vacuum, will kill these flying termites, but this is a sign of a bigger problem . . . . . a large colony hiding in the walls. A professional inspection and treatment is needed to ensure the entire termite colony eliminated and not just the flying termites.
How Do I Get Rid of Termites in a Wall?
First, this depends on the type of termite. There are two types of termites (subterranean and drywood). Subterranean termites are highly mobile and typically move in and out of your home. Baits or liquid treatments around the exterior of your home often eliminate all the subterranean termites inside the home also. However, we prefer to also treat all active areas just to be safe. For drywood termites, it is a little more difficult. Drywood termites workers do not leave the wood they are eating and often travel no more than a foot or so. The key for drywood termite control is to get a treatment to them because they will not move to the soil to contact a treatment like subterranean termites do. Our preferred treatments for drywood termites are foam injection into the termite tunnels or fumigation. We suggest having a professional inspection to properly identify which kind of termites you have in your walls.
How Do I Get Rid of Termites Naturally?
There are numerous treatment options for treating termites. There are both natural and chemical options. Natural options may be limited depending on what kind of termites you have (drywood or subterranean) and where the termites are located (easily accessible vs hidden in a wall). We do recommend a professional inspection to identify the type of termites you have and help choose the best option for your home. Here is an overview of some natural options.
Remove & ReplaceWood – Up until modern insecticides were invented about 100 years ago this was the most common termite treatment. For very small infestations, such as drywood termites in a single piece of wood, this may be the best option.
Heat or Cold – Extreme heat or cold can kill termites. Placing small items in the freezer for at least four days can kill termites but be careful because the condensation when it comes out may damage wood finishes. Heating wood to 145° F will kill all termites. This can be difficult because wood is a very good insulator. Entire homes can be heated, but it may cost several thousands of dollars for the propane alone (not very environmentally friendly) and the heat treatment can damage other items in your home if not properly done.
Orange Oil Insecticides – This can be an option for localized drywood termite infestations. It will not effectively treat subterranean termites. Orange oil does have a very strong “citrus” scent. I have had some customers who love the scent and others that move out for several days.
Termite Baits – Technically not “natural”, but termite baits are definitely a “green” option for subterranean termite control. Instead of treating the soil with hundreds of gallons of liquid insecticides a professional technician places about 20 bait stations around your home. The active ingredient is an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) commonly uses in pet flea medications and only affects insects. Plus, the cellulose bait is designed so only termites will eat it so it will not affect beneficial insects in your yard. The stations also work as monitors so you know when termites return in the future before they are consuming your home.
Start with a Professional Inspection – The key to knowing which treatment you need is to properly identify the type of termites you have. From there you can narrow down which is the best treatment for you and your home.
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