Wellington is a wonderful place to call home and there are a million reasons why you need to protect your investment from a termite infestation.
A University of Florida study has forecasted that 50% of structures in South Florida will be affected by termites by the year 2040. If you don’t have a current infestation, there are measures that you can take to prevent termite damage.
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.
Subterranean Termites live in the soil. They build mud tubes that extend from the soil up to the wood upon which they are feeding. The most common subterranean termite in Wellington is the Native Eastern Subterranean Termite, but the invasive Formosan and Asian Subterranean Termites have been located in Wellington as well.
Subterranean termites can cause extensive structural damage before you even know about the colony. The invasive species, Formosan Termites and Asian Subterranean Termites, have colonies that are about 10x the size of the Native Eastern Subterranean Termite and are much more aggressive eaters. In their relentless search for wood to consume, they have been observed to chew through PVC pipe!
Subterranean Termites often remain undetected for years and have often already caused significant damage by the time they swarm or before you see the mud tubes. The video below, produced by the University of Florida shows what 2,000 Formosan Termites can do in just 30 days.
Drywood Termites nest entirely in the wood that they are feeding upon. Drywood Termite colonies are smaller than Subterraneans, thus causing damage at a slower rate. If left untreated, Drywood Termite colonies will continue to spread in the warm, tropical climate of Wellington.
Drywood Termites may be found in a piece of furniture, baseboards, picture frames, cabinets, door and window frames, and attics. Often, the only obvious sign of a Drywood Termite infestation is discarded wings or little mounds of fecal pellets under the infested wood.
Drywood termites push their fecal matter out of the wood they are eating. Don’t mistake this frass for coffee grounds or saw dust and ignore this telling sign.
Full Service Termite Control in Wellington
As you can tell, Wellington is home to many different types of termites. Your investment deserves the best treatment and protection available.
When you call Nextgen Pest Solutions, a dedicated team member will thoroughly inspect your property, identify the species of termite, and evaluate the severity of the infestation. We will provide a free, no-obligation quote and discuss your options.
Some solutions to termite infestations are:
Soil Treatment – Since Subterranean Termites live in the soil, Nextgen Pest Solutions’ trained technician can create a chemical barrier between the soil and your home. Nextgen Pest Solutions uses the latest in scientific development to effectively treat the perimeter of your Wellington property. Termites must come into contact with the product as they travel between the soil and your home. The termites that have traveled through the product, carry it back to the colony, and the entire colony is quickly eliminated as a result.
Baiting System – A “green” approach to termite elimination involves baiting the colony. Your NextGen Pest Solutions Professional will install bait stations around the perimeter of your property with a cartridge that will monitor your home for termite activity. If termite activity is detected, the cartridge will be replaced with a cartridge that contains bait. Termites take the bait back to their colonies, resulting in the destruction of the queen and the entire colony in one to two months.
Spot Treatment – A whole structure treatment such as fumigation, may not be necessary to exterminate the Drywood Termites swarming in your Wellington property. Our trained technicians will evaluate your situation and if appropriate recommend a spot treatment or no-tent treatment. In a no-tent termite treatment, your Nextgen Pest Solutions professional will apply a non-repellent pesticide directly to the termite gallery. The pesticide is then transferred to all the members of the colony and the colony is eliminated. This is a convenient and cost-effective method for exterminating Drywood Termites from your home or business.
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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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