Termites cost property owners more than $5 billion annually – more than all flood, fire and tornado damage combined. Unlike these disasters, termite damage is not covered by homeowner’s insurance. There is a saying in Florida, there are two types of homes, those with termites and those that will get termites. However, termites are among the most preventable of disasters that could happen to your home or business. TNT provides affordable solutions to prevent or eliminate termites from destroying your biggest investment. All our treatments are compliant with state and EPA requirements.
The first step in termite protection is to properly identify the signs of an infestation. Two of the more common signs are damaged wood, and the presence of winged termites called swarmers. Here in Florida, when the weather is warm, the termites will swarm. If you find winged termites, that is an indicator that there is a colony infesting nearby. Please keep in mind, that in our climate, ants swarm as well. The experts at TNT can determine what type of insects you may have swarming and whether your wood damage is caused by termites, moisture, or some other factor. If termites are found, we can provide solutions for both subterranean and drywood termites.
Subterranean termites are the most common termite in Eastern Hillsborough County. They are social insects. This means there is a division of labor among the colony members. This makes them very effective at eating and destroying anything made of cellulose. In nature, termites are very beneficial to the environment cleaning up dead wood and converting it to nutrients in the soil. Unfortunately, they don’t differentiate between dead trees in the forest and the wood used to construct your home. This makes them both a nuisance and a threat to all property owners in Florida.
Subterranean termites typically swarm once a year in the spring. This is a mating flight designed to expand the existing colony into multiple colonies. These swarms are often the first visible indication that termites are present. Most often you will see small black insects with wings that are at least twice as long as their body. Unlike ants, whose swarmers have a pinched waist, these insects have a thick waist. Another difference is that after flight termites will shed their wings which can often be found scattered or in piles on window sills and other flat surfaces. They are responsible for most of the reported termite damage in Florida each year. Although these termites can cause damage almost anywhere in your home, the most common areas are baseboards and doorframes that are in close proximity to water sources. They are also adept at entering the home through expansion joints such as where your garage or patio slabs connect to the home.
Many property owners choose to protect their homes before they encounter these voracious insects with a preventative treatment. Whether you have subterranean termites or you want to avoid getting them, the most effective solution is a liquid termiticide called Termidor. Termidor is an EPA approved product that is safe and effective for use around all types of structures. It has been designed to provide long lasting protection in Florida’s tropical climate.