Termite season 2018
Termite season 2018 marks the fourth year of our blog here at Meryl's Termite and Pest Control. I think it would be a good time to talk about termites since it's now the height of termite season. The calls are coming in! Last month I witnessed termite swarms in a Walmart parking lot. The wet summer of 2017 and Hurricane Irma are key ingredients for a busy termite season. Basically, we'll be recovering some posts made in the blogs past. Since their are nearly 25o posts, some tend to get buried and forgotten. It's time tom get back to the basics in preparation for termite season 2018.
Termite prevention for a home owner
- Make sure your home is inspected for termites once a year.
- Fix any leaking plumbing
- Use stone around your house instead of mulch or wood chips
- be sure that the condensation due to air conditioning units is flowing well away from the foundation of the structure.
- Be sure water from gutters is flowing well away from the foundation of the house and do the same for garden hoses.
- Never store firewood up against the foundation of the structure.
Termite season 2018. Here's a termite tunnel drop tube found under a crawl space of a home.
I'd like to take a moment to make a point for termite season 2018 that came up a few years ago. Yes, termites can infest a home on a treeless property. Remember, termite swarmers can fly which means they can virtually end up anywhere in the state of Florida.
Here are some quick common questions we get with our answers.
Is a structure is safe from termites when it contains steel support beams, block, or brick instead of wood?
No, 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. The beams that support the attic are still often made of wood. As we all know the roof is one of the most important parts of any structure.
What termiticide(s) do you use on your termite treatments?
Meryl's Termite and Pest Control uses Termidor 100% exclusively for all post and correct termite treatments. Conventional liquid treatment with the industries leading termiticide known as Termidor has been the most reliable method of treatment over the past decade. By applying a liquid barrier of Termidor around the structure's foundation or around the tiers of the crawlspace, subterranean termites unknowingly cross over the non-repellent product. Once they have come in contact with the product they spread it to the other termites which eventually reach the queen. Once the queen is killed 100% termite control is achieved. This treatment provide years of protection against subterranean termite infestations.
How often do termite swarms occur?
Usually once as year during the winter months, especially after a rain. This is, however, not set in stone and a termite colony can swarm any time of the year. Also, just because you're not seeing evidence of termite swarmers in or around your home doesn't mean that you are termite free. Colonies can go many years without swarming.
How do termites enter my home?
Termites will build shelter tubes up a foundation or across other surfaces to gain access to wood (cellulose) which is their food. Termites build these tubes out of particles of soil and their feces. They use these tubes to “bring” their damp underground environment with them. They can’t live exposed to the outside elements for very long. Any building, whether constructed with a slab, basement or crawl space foundation, can be targeted and in need of termite control. Termites can find their way into a structure through an opening as small as 1/32 of an inch and will enter through cracks, expansion joints, hollow bricks, or concrete blocks around plumbing. One very important aspect of termite control is having a basic ideas of construction and knowing where the termites are entering.