Termite control, steel support beams, block, and brick

A common question about termite control we often get is asking if a structure is safe from termites when the structure contains steel support beams, block, or brick instead of wood. Today we’ll be talking about just that.

It’s termite season! Do you have termite control on your home or office?


Termite control, steel support beams, block, and brick

The short answer would be “no”. The longer answer would state that no structure in the state of Florida is completely safe from termites. Even though a structure has steel support beams or made of block or brick, there is still almost always wood along the baseboard from the inside of the structure, especially homes. I found that even though a house is built with steel support beams as opposed to wood, often times the beams that support the attic are still made of wood. As we all know the roof is one of the most important parts of any structure.

I remember one interesting case that the University of Florida had shown during one of our annual CEU training courses. There is a building that is somewhere around ten stories high which had a termite infestation on the top of the roof! No, it wasn’t a mud tube that extended ten stories high that brought the termites. Termite swarmers had flown to the top of the building, or were helped by the wind which propelled them up on top of the roof. The roof had cardboard in the roof void. It turned into a major termite infestation and interesting situation for the company who performed the termite control on the building. You would be amazed by some of the strange and unlikely places termites might show up.

That wraps up our one-hundredth blog post! It amazing how quickly time moves along and I was really surprised when I looked at the control panel and found we were up to ninety-nine yesterday. We at Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control hope you enjoy our posts as much as we enjoy creating them. Here’s to a hundred more!