Naples Termite Control: The 411 on Termites
Whether you’re a new homeowner or have lived in your home for years, dealing with a termite infestation can be devastating for all. Unfortunately, termite damage can be costly to repair and not covered by homeowners’ insurance policies. Before termites have taken over your home, it’s important to know the basics of termite signs and treatments.
Signs of Termites
Termites are considered silent destroyers, infesting for long periods without homeowners knowing. However, several factors can indicate you have a termite infestation that you can be on the lookout for. Termites will create tunnels or tiny pin holes while feeding on wood. If you notice your home’s wood buckling or wall paint bubbling, termites are already feeding on your house.
A noticeable indication is finding discarded wings around your window and door frames. This is a sign that termites are already inside the home. Likewise, if you start seeing their droppings, also known as “frass”, you have termite activity. Seeing frass is an indication that the drywood termite species has infested. Frass is pellet-shaped and brown, sometimes it can get mistaken for wood dust or shavings.
There are several treatment and prevention options for termite control. Homeowners can choose from three common types of professional treatments offered.
- Wood Treatments: This method is used to treat existing wood structures. Wood treatments utilize either surface sprays/foams or injected sprays/foams. It is sprayed directly onto the wood where it will eliminate existing termites and provide preventative treatment for future ones.
- Liquid-Soil Treatments: This treatment is like a barrier around the outside of your home. A trench is dug around the perimeter and filled with liquid termiticide. When termites travel from your home back to their colony, they pass through the termiticide.
- Bait Stations: Installed outside of the home, bait stations provide a food source to termites where they take it back to their colonies, where it eliminates them. While this treatment takes longer, it does eliminate the entire colony once the termites find it. Bait stations are usually monitored and refilled when needed.
Consider contacting your local Naples pest control company, who can provide a comprehensive inspection and help determine the best plan for you, your family, and your home.