How Termites Invade Homes in Elfers
Termites first infest a home by swarming. Called “swarmers,” these special members of a termite colony have wings and will fly away to form a new colony. They seek out a space that has decaying organic materials to feed on, usually wood, and a high moisture content in the case of subterranean and dampwood termites.
Once the swarmers find a location, they shed their wings, establish their new colony, and begin to multiply. Some species will quickly breed to have millions of insects and can establish a secondary colony on the property. Others will take slightly longer. However, all new colonies begin eating immediately, causing damage to your home from the beginning.
The warm weather in Elfers makes it possible for termites to be active all year, and different species will swarm at different times. For some of the most aggressive types, swarming timelines are:
- Eastern Subterranean Termites – These termites swarm between October and February during the daytime.
- Formosan Termites – Another type of subterranean termite, they swarm in late spring at night.
- Tropical Rough-Headed Drywood Termites – These swarm between April and July during nighttime.
- Dampwood Termites – The three species of dampwood termites in Florida all swarm at night at the transition of either fall to winter or spring to summer.
Immediately following a swarm, you may see the discarded wings around your home, indicating that termites have established a colony. The other signs and damage they cause will generally take longer to become apparent as it occurs in more hidden areas.
Our Range of Termite Treatments
Florida’s aggressive termite species require similarly aggressive treatments. We have several different service options to prevent termites and limit the damage they can cause when they do start a colony. Our solutions include:
- Inspections – Advanced inspections search through every space in your home that termites could hide or feed. Our trained technicians are experts in termite behavior and their signs so we are able to find termites in their earliest stages.
- Baits – Bait stations are installed around the foundation and yard of a building, either above or in ground and monitored for termite activity. If termites are detected, bait is added. Worker termites will carry the bait back to their colony, exterminating it.
- Soil Treatments – Liquid treatments can be applied to the soil around your home, targeting the subterranean termites that live there or cross over the earth to reach your home. These treatments create a barrier that termites cannot pass.
- Fumigation – More widespread infestations or more resilient species can require partial or full fumigation to treat a large area. This is one of the most comprehensive methods, and one we only use if necessary.
Many of our treatments can be used as preventative measures as well. Given the high risk of termite infestations in Florida’s subtropical climate, homeowners will often apply these treatments as a precaution to reduce the chance of an infestation.
Inspections for Wood Destroying Insect Reports
Wood Destroying Insect Reports (WDIR) are typically required when buying or selling a home. For the seller, the report can provide early knowledge of potentially needed repairs or damage to disclose. For the buyer, a lender will often require a WDIR. We can complete the report for either party.
Choose Nextgen Pest Solutions for Termite Control
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Nextgen Pest Solutions is a veteran owned pest control company that is local, but brings Elfers residents the treatments they would expect from a national business. Because our team is made up of your friends and neighbors, we know better than anyone the challenges termites present in the area and have the tools needed to limit their damage. Call us today to schedule an inspection or treatment.