What To Do About Termite Infestations In Tampa
October 30, 2022
Purchasing a house is an accomplishment. It takes years of savings and hard work to earn enough money to make the magical down payment. Once you walk into the house, there is a feeling of exhilaration mixed with a sense of responsibility. Homeownership requires the maintenance of the structure, and one pest you must guard against is termites.
You do not want to take a chance when it comes to termites. These creatures can wreak havoc on your house and cause significant financial harm. Protect your home against termites and secure the Tampa pest control team from EcoTech Pest Control Services. For nearly a decade, we have been eliminating termites from homes and businesses in the Tampa area; we can stop termites from destroying your home.
Signs Of Termite Damage You Should Look Out For
There are two main types of termites in Florida, drywood and subterranean termites. Both termite species destroy wood, but they work in different locations. These are the signs of termites in your Tampa home:
- Hollow-sounding wood when tapping on it or crunching sounds when walking over wood floors
- Darkened areas on wood surfaces and blistering wallpaper or paint
- Mud tubes along the foundation
- Discarded wings in window sills or interior cobwebs
- Sawdust-like piles of fecal matter outside of tiny holes in wood
Look for the signs of drywood termites on trusses, support beams, around window and door casings, and wood furniture. Drywood termites infest poorly ventilated attics, crawlspaces, and basements. Examine wood contacting the soil or damp wood near leaky pipes or high-humid areas for signs of subterranean termites. Mud tubes on the foundation walls are a dead giveaway for subterranean termites.
Just A Few Termites Or An Infestation?
If you see signs of termites, you have an infestation. Flying termites around your property appear when reproductive termites leave the colony and search for new locations to begin new nests. This process does not occur until a nest is mature.
A mature subterranean termite colony has around 60,000 termites, so if you see a swarm of termites in the spring after heavy rain or discarded wings, you have a large group of termites under your feet. Mature nests of Formosan termites, a type of subterranean termite, have over 1 million members. These aggressive termites quickly damage homes.
Mature drywood colonies boast about 2,500 members before reproductives leave to create new nests. Either way, a swarm of termites indicates mature colonies are on the property or nearby.
Repairing Termite Damage
It may take a few years before noticing signs of termite damage. Termite damage may manifest itself via sagging corners or floors or collapsing structures. Unfortunately, most homeowner insurance policies do not cover termite damage, so the financial burden of repair is on the owner. Annually, termites cause about 5 billion dollars in damages.
Repairs often require a licensed and insured contractor because termites damage support beams, trusses, joists, and other significant support structures. The contractor may have to remove carpeting to replace damaged beams and subflooring or a section of the roof to replace trusses.
Total Termite Control Services: No Problem Too Big Or Small
The best termite control company for your Tampa home is from EcoTech Pest Control Services. When you schedule the free inspection, we will examine your home and determine the termite species infesting your property. Once we have identified the termites on your property, we will create a comprehensive treatment strategy targeting the termites while keeping your family and pets safe. This strategy may include bait stations, fumigation, spot treatments, creating a perimeter barrier, and more.
As your local pest control company, we provide a one-year renewable guarantee and an Annual Termite Protection Plan. Contact us today and protect your hard-earned investment by scheduling a free inspection.