Termite Control: Identification And Treatment

Termites are small insects that prefer tropical conditions. With over 2000 known species, they are effective at destroying all wooden structures, including homes. In the United States, they cause around $1.5 billion in property damage each year. Termite control in states such as Florida is essential to prevent the destruction of homes and other types of property.

Identification Is Important

With so many different species and some confusion with other insects e.g. flying ants, it is very important to ensure you know what type of termite is invading your home. Identification of the species is crucial if you want to institute the most effective measure of termite management. By identifying the species, you can then implement a strategy proven successful against this type of termite. In Florida, the most common termites are those that fall into the classification of Subterranean Termites. These, in turn, most frequently fall into one of the two types below

  • The Eastern Subterranean Termite: This is a native North American species.
  • The Formosan Termite: Its point of origin is China, however it has happily immigrated and thrived in such states as Florida and Hawaii. Named the “Super termite,” its very aggressive behavior demands a quick call to action. A swift and immediate termite control response is the only way to prevent its swift destruction of your home.

While a few home remedies are possible, the best response is to call in a professional to assess the situation.

Termite Control Services

Experts in pest control have different tools to handle the termite infestation of your home. They can rely on several methods to remove the pests. These methods include two basic approaches:

1. Liquid termiticides: The standard method until around ten years ago
2. Baiting: An alternative and less toxic method since it involves significantly less amounts of pesticide

By using either of these methods, your termite control provider will be able to manage and control the potential for massive property destruction.

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