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Every year termites cause approximately 5 billion dollars in damage to homes and businesses, with about 600,000 homes being affected.
The humid environment in West Palm Beach and the regular rainfall is the perfect environment for termite colonies to thrive.
There are several different types of termites that are eating the homes of West Palm Beach. It is important to have a licensed professional pest control operator accurately identify the species of termite you are dealing with as the treatment methods are different for each species.
The most common species in West Palm Beach are Subterranean Termites and Drywood Termites.
Subterranean Termites are soil dwellers. They build mud tubes that extend from the soil up to the wood that they are feeding upon. These termites can cause a lot of damage in a short period of time. They have huge colonies, often over 1 million termites in each colony, and a large colony can eat up to one pound of wood a day. Subterranean Termites often remain undetected for years and have already caused significant damage by the time they swarm or you see the mud tubes.
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. However, if left untreated Drywood Termite colonies will continue to spread in the warm, tropical climate of West Palm Beach. Often the only obvious sign of a Drywood infestation are 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.
Formosan and Asian Subterranean Termites are non-native invasive species of super termites that have been identified in West Palm Beach. They live in enormous colonies and are very aggressive eaters. They cause significant damage in a short period of time. Both species have been identified in West Palm Beach and are very quickly spreading to surrounding cities. According to a 2016 study by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, over the next 20 years about half of the homes between Palm Beach County and the Florida Keys will be at risk for infestation. 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.
Proper termite identification is key to achieving the best solution to your termite problem. Solutions may include:
Soil Treatment – Since Subterranean Termites live in the soil, Nextgen Pest Solutions’ trained technicians can create a barrier between the soil and your home. Nextgen Pest Solutions uses the latest in scientific development to effectively treat your West Palm Beach corner of paradise. 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 West Palm Beach 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 – A whole structure treatment such as fumigation, may not be necessary to exterminate the Drywood Termites swarming in your West Palm Beach home. Our trained technicians will evaluate your situation and if appropriate recommend a spot treatment. 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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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.