4 Signs of a Termite Infestation

  • Hollow-sounding wood
  • Groups of winged insects or discarded wings
  • Cracked or distorted paint on wood surfaces
  • Mud tubes on exterior walls

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Subterranean Termite

Tearing, gnashing, and gnawing at the wood in your home and you’re none the wiser, the “silent destroyer” strikes again. Termites can infest a home and quietly cause thousands of dollars in damage before you even know they are there. At Apex, our state-certified termite control specialists use the latest technology, products, and methods to successfully treat brick, block, frame, and metal structures throughout Florida, both commercial and residential. From fence posts to facilities at Kennedy Space Center, we’ve treated it all.

While termites are a fact of life in Florida, not all termites are the same. The first step in initiating proper termite treatment is a thorough inspection of the property to specifically identify which type of termite is causing the problem. You may be tempted to perform some termite do-it-yourself treatments. However, for efficient, long-term solutions, contact a pest control specialist. At Apex, we provide a variety of treatments to ensure full termite eradication. Our expert technicians will treat your property with liquid applications, creating a protective barrier over your soil and preventing termites from consuming, burrowing, or living around your home. For advanced termite infestations, termite tenting is available. After the initial treatment, your personal Apex technician will return annually to ensure that your termite prevention is still functioning as intended.

From pre-construction soil treatments, trusted by construction professionals and building owners, to preventing and eliminating infestations with post-construction applications, Apex Pest Control offers you the ultimate in termite control services.

termite control servicesServing Florida coast to coast since 1985, Apex prides itself on providing a professional service with a personal touch and we won’t stop until we complete the job. Contact the termite control experts today for a free same-day inspection if you think you’re dealing with a termite infestation.

The Subterranean Termite
(Reticulitermes flavipes)

Subterranean termites are the most destructive insect pests in the United States. They cause financial and emotional damage when they demolish one of your most valuable possessions – your home. With that in mind, you’ll want to keep a trusted provider of professional termite prevention and treatment services in your contact list.

This destruction crew lives up to ten feet underground in a colony, where they number in the hundreds of thousands. One colony can forage for food in an area the size of a football field! Their primary food source includes dead trees and brush, but once they find your home, they notify the whole clan that they’ve discovered fresh timber, making your home or business the perfect meal for a horde of termites.

Detecting an infestation of termites can be very apparent or a little tricky. If you have noticed dead termites or wing fragments in your home then you may have a problem. You also may have experienced a springtime swarm, where thousands of flying termites escape from your wall to produce another colony. Soon after they swarm, termites lose their wings and begin to mate. Further evidence to support your suspicions includes visible mud tubes or damaged wood inside or around your home. If you consistently find a little dirt or debris by a baseboard that somehow manages to reappear shortly after it is cleaned, then you could be dealing with a termite problem.

Any segment of wood that comes into contact with the soil is at high risk for termite entry. Damaged wood will produce a hollow sound when gently tapped with a screwdriver or hammer. Don’t storm around your property banging holes in the walls looking for an infestation. Instead, pull up your contact list and call your local Apex technician to set up termite pest control. We’ll thoroughly discuss your symptoms, as well as the different termite treatment services we carry, to discover the problem without damaging to your home.

We have the most advanced tools at our disposal. Not only do we know what to look for, but we’ll do a thorough inspection by looking in your attic, under the crawl space of your house, and areas that are conducive to termite activity. We can use moisture meters to detect unusual moisture in walls, Borescopes to look inside walls, and even FLIR-infrared cameras to see through your walls if necessary.

Apex takes expert care to unearth these subterranean pests with our termite protection services in Florida. With one of our free same-day inspections, we will identify the problem and formulate a treatment plan, using state-of-the-art equipment, to permanently eradicate this horde of home wreckers.

The Drywood Termite
(Cryptotermes cavifrons)

Unlike their subterranean cousins, drywood termites prefer to build their colonies in sound, dry wood above ground level. They are very secretive and prefer to remain hidden, except during periods when they swarm, generally in late August and early September, or when their nests are damaged due to structural repair work. Drywood termites enjoy intimate colonies of fewer than 1,000, and their colonies can be widely dispersed.

When they’re afflicted with this particular species of the wood-eating menace, a lot of people might not even recognize that they’re in pressing need of termite treatment services until it’s too late.

You may first detect the presence of drywood termites by noticing a strange amount of small termite carcasses littering your lighting fixtures, cobwebs or windowsills, or from the fecal pellets left near infested wood. The fecal pellet of a drywood termite is characteristic of this species. The pellets are the same color as the ingested wood and are generally 1/32 inch long. The pellets can be dislodged from the infested wood with a gentle tap.

Inspection of your wood structure will also identify an infestation. However, proper inspection requires experience and do-it-yourself treatments are not recommended. If you suspect you may have a drywood termite infestation, contact a technician from Apex Pest today to arrange a professional termite infestation treatment immediately. We have the knowledge and experience to efficiently clear your house of drywood termites, as our termite treatment services include fumigation or “tenting” the structure.

The Powderpost Beetle
(family Bostrichidae, subfamily Lyctinae)

Termites aren’t the only wood-eating pests in town; powderpost beetles are also more than happy to destroy your home. Depending on the species, the powderpost beetle can attack hardwoods such as flooring and trim or softwoods like wall framing. Either way, they are not a welcome visitor, and they should prompt an immediate call to Apex Pest Control for a consultation on termite treatment services. These invasive beetles may not be readily apparent, but if you start to see small holes in your wood, it may be time to have an inspection done.

For a thorough inspection of your wooden structures, contact Apex Pest Control today for a free same-day inspection. Our expertly trained technicians have the knowledge and experience to identify the problem and formulate the most efficient plan to guarantee a solution.

The treatment approach for drywood termites is fumigating or “tenting” the structure. Once we implement our termite and other pest control services in your home, your powederpost beetle problem will be taken care of in short order.

Formosan Termites
(Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki)

The Formosan termite, so named because of its origins in Taiwan, is one of the most economically critical termites isolated to regions in Florida. These destructive pests take up residence across more than one dozen southern states, with some of their heaviest concentrations in Florida. Formosan termites cost homeowners across the United States over $1 billion in treatment and repairs each year, making them some of the most devastating pests to have near your home.

An individual colony of Formosan termites can contain several millions of the insects spread across a wide area of the property and burrowing up to 300 feet deep in the soil. When you consider that a colony of native subterranean termites can contain hundreds of thousands of insects, you may understand why they pose such a threat to Florida homeowners. The majority of the members of Formosan colonies are classified as workers, whose duty it is to obtain nutrients, often in the form of your home’s foundation, and deliver them to colony mates. If they invade a home above the ground’s surface, they can leave foraging tubes the size of a human arm diameter. The Formosan termites can form carton nests in the home’s structure, no longer needing to reach the soil for survival.

Seeing how an infestation of this particular species can utterly ruin your building, appropriate termite treatment services are necessary.

To determine if you have a Formosan termite infestation in your home, tap wood structures with a hard object. Doing so should produce a hollowed-out sound, rather than a thick, solid one. Other signs of a Formosan infestation include excrement nests, visible burrowing tunnels, and peeling, blistered wood surfaces.

Apex Pest technician using a flashlight in attic looking for termite infestation signs

Apex Pest Solutions provides a variety of services including pest control, termite control and lawn care to many locations. We’ve offered our professional termite prevention services throughout Florida as a locally owned business for more than 30 years, which should help to inspire confidence in how we approach and solve your pest-related issues. We serve more than 30 counties in and around the following areas: Orlando/Central Florida, Tampa/Gulf Coast, Brevard/Space Coast, Jacksonville/Daytona, West Palm Beach/Okeechobee, and Miami-Dade/Broward County.

Not only do we pride ourselves on reliability and transparency, but we also aim to help you feel like you’ve gained an indispensable partner you can count on in the event of any recurring issues.

Contact Apex Pest Control for top-notch termite control services today by filling out our contact form or calling 866-675-4070.