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What to do When You Find Termite Damage

Living in the Melbourne, FL area, we have a higher population of insects due to the tropical weather.  There are no hard freezes to help keep populations down.  This includes the destructive species of termites.  Termites pose a direct threat to your home.  Knowing how to find termite damage, and what to do if you find it, can save your house.

Looking For Termite Damage

There are four main species of termites found in our area.  A common misconception about termites is that they all live in the wood they eat.  Not all of the four most commonly found species, builds nests in the wood.  They like to hide in some of the most unusual places, including the insulation of your home, your yard or even the lining of your backyard pool.   The best way to know if you have a termite problem is to call your pest control servicer.  However, if you suspect that termites are a problem, here are a few warning signs that you have a colony:

* “Mud tubes” can be seen winding their way along exterior walls or in damp basements

* Hollow sounding wood when you tap on it

* Noticeable swarms of small winged insects in and around your home or yard

* Wings laying around that have been shed by swarmers

* Droppings, known as frass, can be found on window sills and around porches. They are commonly mistaken for sawdust.  DO NOT clean it up!  Show your pest control specialist to help them with identification.

How a Pest Control Exterminator Can Save Your Home

By the time you have found evidence that there is a termite infestation, chances are it is large enough that DIY home solutions will not be effective.  These “silent destroyers” thrive in our environment; however, having a separate termite bond, think annual insurance policy, can ensure you stay on top of termites to protect the structure and exterior of your home.   Different baiting systems will aim to prevent and eradicate this invasive species and give you a piece of mind for years to come.

Two of the most commonly used baits are Termidor and Premise.  In most cases, these chemical compounds can safely eradicate your termite problem completely.  They are tasteless and odorless to the termites and provide protection for the long term.

Because homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover damage from a termite infestation, it is important to take every precaution in preserving your home and its value.

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