Choosing the right treatment and procedure to eliminate pests comes from years of experience and training. Here are a few bits of advice we learned over the years.
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Questions to ask when hiring an Exterminator/Fumigator
- How long have you operated?
- What kind of warranty do you offer?
- Will I be locked into a long-term contract?
- Does termite treatment include follow-up inspections to verify your home has not become reinfested?
- How long do you think it will take to solve my pest problems?
Winged Termites or Winged Ants
Termites have a long tube like body with straight antennae and equal-length front and hind wings. Ants have a three-segmented body, elbowed antennae, and different sized front and hind wings.
Drywood termites do not require contact with the soil to survive. They occur in smaller colonies, but can infest multiple areas of a structure simultaneously. Coffee ground like fecal pellets, swarmer termite wings, and damage around a structure are main evidence to look for.
Control methods include whole structure fumigation, spot treatment with insecticides, or even heat, shock, microwave, and liquid nitrogen treatments.
Our opinion is that whole structure fumigation is best when evidence of multiple colonies are present. If you catch the termites when localized to one area you have a greater success chance with insecticides.
Soil treatments do not protect a structure from Drywood termites. Baiting systems also will not protect a structure against Drywood termites.
Subterranean termites are one of the most prevalent and dangerous wood-destroying organisms we encounter in Florida. They are capable of causing significant damage quickly and often go unnoticed until extensive damage is finally noticed and the cost is severe.
The treatments for subterranean termites are actually rather affordable; and given the damage these termites can cause. a preventative treatment is recommended.
Treatments for subterranean termites include soil treatments with a termiticide and installing baiting stations around the structure and monitoring them every three months.
The most effective way to protect a structure from subterranean termites is to treat the structure with a non-repellant termiticide like Termidor or ImaxxPro. This allows the termites to move through the chemical without triggering any "danger pheromones." When the worker termites return to the colony, through grooming and feeding with the other colony members the chemicals are transferred throughout the colony and eventually eliminated.
Things you can do to avoid subterranean termites:
- Keep wood from being in direct contact with soil
- Moisture problems and water leaks need to be repaired
- Check mulch for termites before installing around home
- Regularly inspect the exterior foundation walls for "mud" shelter tubes
- Have Bingham's inspect and treat your property for pests on a regular basis
Bingham's Professional Pest Management can help you identify the pests in your home and devise a plan to remove them.