Types of Termites in Lake Park, FL
There are several different kinds of termites that infest homes in our area. Each species of termite presents unique challenges and treatment options. Call Nextgen Pest Solutions today for a free inspection of your property and allow our experienced and knowledgeable termite specialists to thoroughly inspect your property and present your treatment and prevention options.
The Eastern Native 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.
Formossan and Asian Subterranean Termites are non-native invasive species of super termites that have been identified around Lake Park and are very quickly spreading. 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. If you suspect one of these super termites, do not delay treatment. In an effort to track the movement of these invasive species the University of Florida is tracking the specimens that are found. If your termites are identified as one of these invasive species, your Nextgen Pest Professionals will ensure the sample is submitted to the proper experts.
West Indian Drywood Termites do not need to have any contact with the soil. In fact, Drywood Termites can get all the moisture and nutrients they need from the wood that they consume. They make their nests entirely in the wood that they are eating. Drywood Termite colonies send out alates, or swarmers, to create new colonies and expand their population. As the swarmers take flight, they mate and lose their wings. The mated queen will then find a hole or gap, and this location where she lays her eggs will become a new Drywood Termite colony. Typical nesting spots are gaps in siding, under eaves, under wood roofing shingles, and around window and door frames. If you wake up one morning to find a pile of wings in the windowsill or by the door, do not ignore this sign of Drywood Termites. 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.
Lake Park Termite Treatment Options
Nextgen Pest Solutions is a full-service pest control company. We offer solutions to all termite problems. However, every termite situation is unique. Before we can recommend a course of treatment, a thorough inspection on your Lake Park property is necessary. During the inspection we will identify the species of termite, assess the severity of the infestation, and offer solutions specifically tailored to your Lake Park home or commercial property. 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, and 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 Lake Park 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 – Because Drywood Termites do not access the soil, 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.
Call Today for an Inspection and Free Quote
If you suspect termites in Lake Park home or commercial property, you need a thorough inspection from a well-trained termite professional. Nextgen Pest Solutions does not believe in a one treatment fits all approach. Every situation is unique, with many different variables. Call today for a free inspection and to discuss your home or business with our experienced termite specialist. For a truly unique and local experience, take in a show at the Kelsey Theater located in Lake Park’s art district downtown. Offering music, comedy, movies, and blues nights, the Kelsey Theatre was nominated as a top-three finalist in The Palm Beach Post 2020 “best of” concert venues.