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Beware of the Destroyers! The Termite Swarm is Coming!

termite-specialMost everyone in Florida knows that termites eat wood, which can lead to damage to your home, but many still don’t understand what termite swarming is all about and why it matters.

Danger, danger homeowner! Heed this termite-swarm warning!

Swarming is a way for termites to establish new colonies every year—some immature termites in established nests grow into nymphs with wing buds, then over the winter, they grow up and become male and female swarmers with mature, long narrow wings, and are typically darker than normal termites. When spring arrives, they fly out of their nests looking for true love or mates. Once found, the pairs unite and form an entourage with new colonies. The swarm has begun!

For us humans, this is important because it’s the time when termites are looking for a new place to nest or hang out like your backyard for instance. Swarming doesn’t always happen at the same time of year, and it’s dependent on the weather. A rainy January in Florida, for example, can trigger termite swarming in February or March. One of the best ways to prevent an infestation is by calling your termite control experts at Apex Pest Control in Orlando, Tampa and Brevard County at 866-675-4070. We’re your superheroes! We’ll fight termites by applying liquid treatments to your property that create an invisible barrier over the ground where swarming termites may land, preventing them from taking up residence.

An Important Note: There are two basic kinds of termites, those that live underground in nests (subterranean termites) and travel back and forth to a wood source and those that live right in the wood they’re eating (drywood termites).

Subterranean termites:

  • Swarm is in far larger numbers than drywood termites—numbering in the hundreds or thousands.
  • Causes the most damage.
  • Leaves behind telltale mud tubes.

Drywood termites:

  • Swarms have only 10 to 100 members.
  • Leaves frass (termite droppings) near wood damage areas.

In addition to swarming termites flying around in a yard, homeowners can also look for discarded wings—the termites let go of their wings once they land and begin building a nest. Sightings should be taken seriously because many homeowners mistakenly believe the problem has gone away when they no longer see termites in the air—that’s a sign that swarming season is past, and serious nest building and new termite production has begun. In just a few months you could have a major problem on your hands, so act now!

If you suspect termites have started a new colony in or near your home, call the termite control experts at Apex Pest Control in Orlando, Tampa and Brevard County at 866-675-4070. We use the latest technology, products and methods to successfully treat brick, block, frame and metal structures for residential and commercial properties, making sure your termite problem goes away.

Asking the Right Questions During Your Termite Inspection

special3If you suspect you have a termite problem or simply want to make sure you don’t, the smart thing to do is call Tampa pest control experts at Apex Pest Control to have a termite inspection conducted on your home—but how are you supposed to know which company to call and what types of questions to ask before, during or after the inspection? Finding such answers can involve a little work, like looking online at reviews, checking references or asking neighbors about who they use and whether they are happy with the results. In the meantime, below are some tips to help you figure out if a company performing an inspection is the right one for you.

One of the most important things to understand about the pest-control business is that customers don’t always get the best deal by going with whoever offers the lowest prices—usually the reason that some are able to charge less is because they either don’t have highly experienced and well-trained personnel or because they cut corners during inspections, the application and treatment. As with most things in life, better service costs more. Those who choose a low-cost company often find that their termite problem has been addressed but not solved, which means they’ll have to pay more to get the job done right.

A good way to find out if a company offering an inspection will be the right one for you is to ask the following questions:

  • How will the inspection process work? How a company answers this question can reveal how hard they will work to find your problem or deal with it if termites are found.
  • What is the cost associated with the inspection? Is it free? Will the company only do the inspection if they have a contract to do the job? What are your obligations?
  • Will I get a written report of the findings? Writing down a description of what has been found is a way of giving the customer a means of comparing what is to be paid for versus what is received.
  • Will you provide me with a proposal in writing? Companies that care about their reputation offer proposals in writing, so that there are no questions about what has to be done and how much it will cost.
  • How long is the process estimated to take? Customers need to know the duration of the inspection and how long it will take to solve the problem if one is found. A good pest-control company will respect their customer’s time.
  • Do you provide annual inspections? A one-time inspection offers no security for the future but annual inspections help prevent small, initial infestations from becoming big expensive ones.

Apex Pest Control is a state-certified, pest-control company–our Tampa pest control experts specialize in termite discovery and removal using the latest technology, products and methods to successfully treat brick, block, frame and metal structures for commercial and residential clients. We can find and resolve any pest problems that may occur in your home.

Be Aware of Fall Termite Swarms

termite-specialMany homeowners don’t realize that the arrival of autumn doesn’t mean that the threat of termites is over for the season. Termites remain active all year long, especially in warm places like Florida. Making matters even worse, many local species tend to swarm (when large numbers of the insects move around during the daytime looking to mate and make new nests) in the early fall months. These pests are attracted by the remaining heat from the ground and tend to move after rainfall. Unfortunately, with all of the heavy rains we’ve had recently, we’re likely to see a surge in termite swarming this fall.

Autumn is also the season when termites kick into foraging gear. Just like a lot of other creatures, they begin seeking out supplies and shelter to provide for the growth of their extensive colony networks. That’s why, homeowners should keep a watchful eye out for common signs of termite infestations including mud tubes on walls and housing foundations, warped, brittle wooden structures, and blistering doorframes. All are signs of a termite presence.

Many people believe they can take care of termites on their own. They go to the store and buy over-the-counter products that promise to get rid of the wood eating insects and expect to see good results. The problem is, such products are temporary solutions at best. They may kill some termites and even destroy a nest, but they won’t get all the termites. Those that are left will build a new nest nearby and focus their destructive efforts on a different part of the house. Getting rid of termites requires the skills of seasoned professionals. The professionals at Apex Pest Control will start with a property inspection and then put together a plan of action that will ensure the termites are eradicated. Our Orlando termite control team will finish by laying down treatments to make sure the destructive pests don’t come back.

If you suspect you have termites, even if you don’t notice swarming or foraging signs, don’t delay, look into hiring Apex Pest Control immediately. The more time termites have, the bigger their nest will grow and the more damage they will do. Contact the experts at Apex Pest Control today for a thorough Orlando termite inspection. We’ll determine the size of the problem and develop a plan uniquely suited to your needs to get rid of pests and make sure they won’t bother you again.

Signs That Your Home Has a Termite Infestation

7F2A3739The warm Florida climate is a major draw for people, especially those who have living up north where it gets cold. Unfortunately, the same weather–constant rain, humidity, and warm weather–is also a major draw for termites as well. Because the damage inflicted by termites is focused on our home’s structure, it’s important that homeowners take precautionary measures against termite infestations. Termites can cause very serious and extensive damage to your home–the longer it goes on the worse the damage grows. If you think you might have an infestation, it’s best to act immediately and have an Orlando termite control inspection conducted. The earlier an infestation is found, the sooner it can be stopped, saving your home from further damage.

Homeowners should conduct periodic inspections of their homes to see if there are any hints of an infestation–signs to look for include:

  • Distinctive droppings known as frass. Frass looks like tiny wood-colored pellets and can often be found near the termite’s point-of-entry. Frass doesn’t always mean there is an infestation, but it does mean that there are termites nearby.
  • Discarded wings. Termites shed their wings after swarming, reproducing, or when finding a new nest. Again, finding wings near your house doesn’t always mean you have an infestation, but it does mean you have termites in the vicinity.
  • Mud (shelter) tubes. Mud tubes generally extend along external walls near the ground and are one of the most obvious and troubling signs of a termite infestation.
  • Sagging or hollow wood. Sagging or hollow wood are sure signs that termites have eaten away the wood behind a wall or under a floor. They burrow into wood eating away its structure, leaving it weak and in many cases unable to support the weight of floors or worse the home itself.

The best course of action is to try to prevent an infestation in the first place. By preventing the wood parts of your house from coming into contact with soil, keeping standing water away from the foundation, and ensuring there is adequate ventilation underneath your house, termite infestations can be prevented.

Catching a termite infestation early can help save you a lot of time and money. If you suspect termites have set up shop in your home, contact the Orlando termite control experts at Apex Pest Control immediately. If you’ve ever found termites in your home, share this post. Help your friends and family prevent a termite invasion in their home. Also, share some of your experience and tell us of any other noticeable indications that termites are taking up residence in your home.

Drywood vs. Subterranean Termites

termite-specialMany homeowners don’t realize that there are multiple types of termites that can cause damage in or to their homes, including drywood and subterranean termites. Homeowners should familiarize themselves with both types to help with recognizing the problem and choosing the right type of treatment from their Orlando termite control experts.

The first type, drywood termites, as their name implies, are generally found inside of wood that has dried, which includes furniture, cabinetry, and building structures. They are also local to certain regions, one of which is Florida.

Drywood termites can enter the home in a variety of ways–via cracks in the foundation, for example, or through fissures that develop in door or window frames. They can also be carried into the home inside furniture. Unlike other termite species, they have been known to swarm to new locations, posing a serious threat to buildings they infest. Drywood termites eat virtually their entire lives–all day, every day.

Subterranean termites are the type of termites that most people hear about. They are the most destructive wood insect pests in the United States, accounting for billions of dollars of damage each year. They live, as their name implies, underground in colonies in wet or moist soil, doing their damage behind walls, siding or wood trim, consuming wood and breaking down the cellulose fiber that holds it together. The worst damage occurs when they eat away the wood that makes up the foundation of a building. Most homeowners are unaware of an infestation until the insects are discovered through routine inspection by Orlando termite control professionals, or when the structure starts to collapse due to extensive damage. They can be easily identified by the mud trails they leave as they travel from their muddy homes to their wooden food source.

There are things homeowners can do to help prevent an infestation:

  • Ensure proper drainage of rainwater around the home for a distance of 20 to 30 feet
  • Empty vessels that trap water
  • Keep gutters clean
  • Don’t use mulch within 15 feet of your house
  • Don’t store firewood near the house

If you suspect you might have a termite problem, whether it be subterranean or drywood, contact Apex Pest Control to have a state-certified Orlando termite control specialist come out and perform an inspection of your property. If termites are found we can assess the damage and provide a comprehensive plan for eradication.

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