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The first step is always a thorough inspection of the structure. Your Nextgen Pest Solutions Service Provider will determine the species of termite, the severity of the infestation, and a recommended course of treatment.
Subterranean Termites in Riviera Beach
Subterranean Termites live in the soil and travel through mud tubes into your home to feed on the wood. Subterranean Termites form large colonies and are often present in your home long before you know they are there. They are aggressive eaters and can cause significant damage in a short period of time.
Termites are social insects and the colonies are organized into three different divisions or castes – the workers, soldiers, and alates or reproductives. Each termite performs his duty according to his caste to ensure the survival of the colony.
Unfortunately, Riviera Beach has become Ground Zero for an invasive species of Subterranean Termite – Asian Subterranean Termites. It is believed that this species arrived in Florida at the Port of Palm Beach.
Asian Subterranean Termites live in colonies that are about 10x the size of our Native Eastern Subterranean Termite. That means significant damage will occur very quickly if an Asian Subterranean Termite colony is left untreated.
The photograph below is a map compiled by the University of Florida showing documented cases of invasive termite species. Each red dot is a confirmed infestation of Asian Subterranean Termites in and around Riviera Beach.
Treatments for Subterranean Termites
There are two accepted alternatives for treating an established Subterranean Termite colony, a soil barrier treatment or a baiting system. Both methods work by “transfer effect.”
Termites are social insects They live in close proximity to one another and they even feed and groom each other. Once a termite has ingested or come into contact with a non-repellent termiticide, it will be passed around the colony and the colony will be eliminated.
The termiticide can either be applied as a soil treatment or placed in bait stations. A soil treatment will eliminate the colony faster than bait stations, but bait stations provide long term control and monitoring with minimal pesticide use.
Your Nextgen Termite Expert will assess your situation and make recommendations after a thorough investigation of your situation.
Drywood Termites in Riviera Beach
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 wings in the windowsill or by the door, do not ignore this sign of Drywood Termites.
Although Drywood Termites live in smaller colonies, it is not uncommon to have more than one colony in your structure.
Treatment for Drywood Termites
Since Drywood Termites do not access the soil, a successful treatment must access the termites inside the termite gallery.
Fumigation – A whole structure treatment, or fumigation, is where a large tent is placed over your home and your home is filled with gas. Everything inside the house will die and there is no residual. This is an expensive and cumbersome process for you. You are responsible for a lot of preparation and you must plan to leave your house for a few days.
Spot Treatment – If the circumstances are right, your Nextgen Pest Solutions Professional may recommend a Termite Spot Treatment. If the termite galleries are accessible, such as in a window frame or even a beam in the attic, a proven technique is to treat only the location of the infestation. By applying pesticide directly into the termite gallery, the termites will encounter the product, then transfer it to all the other termites in the colony.
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Here at Nextgen Pest Solutions, we know that termite eradication and prevention is not a one treatment fits all. Every situation is unique. After we perform a thorough inspection of your property, we will offer a solution grounded in over 20 years of experience and based on the latest scientific research and chemistry.
Of special concern to residents of Riviera Beach is the Asian Subterranean Termite. We can accurately identify this termite species and send samples to the researchers who are compiling the data to trace their rapid spread.
Call today for your free termite inspection and consultation!
Although the Port of Palm Beach is attributed to the import of the Asian Subterranean Termite, the Port of Palm Beach is an exceptionally important member of the Riviera Beach economy. Almost 900,000 tons of sugar grown in the Glades area are exported through the Port of Palm Beach per year. The Port of Palm Beach directly and indirectly employs approximately 2,400 people and contributes to $260 million dollars in business revenues.
Frequently Asked Questions
Common Questions Our Customers Ask
How Much Does it Cost To Get Rid of Termites?
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?
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
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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