It makes sense to protect your biggest investment.
The largest financial investment most people will ever make is their home. Termite damage in Florida is estimated at over $500 million annually. It makes sense to have termite protection. Termites can invade without any visible signs and all types homes are vulnerable, whether CBS, wood or concrete. Our preventative and corrective treatments can safeguard your home against costly repairs from both subterranean termites and drywood termites.
Our service personnel are highly trained and we have over 30 years of experience ridding homes of these destructive invaders. If termite presence is confirmed, we will help you determine the best course of action to treat your home and eliminate the problem.
Subterranean Termite Control
Subterranean termites are the most widespread and persistent termite found in Florida. At Patrick Exterminating, we have utilized the Sentricon Colony Elimination System since 1995 to prevent termite intrusion. This proven baiting and monitoring system offers year-round termite protection and is the only termite prevention product to earn the Presidential Green Chemistry Award for environmental safety. We monitor each Sentricon bait station on a regular basis to determine if there is termite activity around your home. These stations are designed to detect and destroy the colony.
For customers who require a liquid treatment, Patrick Exterminating is an authorized Termidor applicator. Liquid barriers have been utilized by the pest control industry since the beginning of the industry and we recognize it as an effective option if requested, or if the situation demands. Termidor is the top choice among liquid termite treatments and we are highly experienced in its application.
Take a moment to view this short and informative video and find out why the Sentricon System is the most effective subterranean termite defense on the market.
Drywood vs. Subterranean Termites
Drywood termites can enter your home through vents and soffits, as well as doors, windows and garages. They infest the wood in your home and create nests. Subterranean termites nest underground and create mud tubes to enter the home through cracks and openings in and around the foundation. Once inside, colonies of both species produce female winged “swarmers” that begin new nests around the house. The most visible signs of termites in your home are discarded wings, bodies and small piles of pellets that can be found along baseboards, beneath infested wood and emitting from small holes in drywall.
How to differentiate between termite swarmers and ant swarmers
Often mistaken for termite swarmers, winged ant swarmers are similar in look and size and can also invade your home. You’ll be happy to know, however, that there are no wood-destroying ant species in Florida. Termites, on the other hand, are known to spread quickly throughout homes in South Florida and begin ingesting anything made of wood. If you find a suspicious insect wing and/or body, save the specimen so we can positively identify the species of the intruder.
– Wings same length as body, but often unequal in length
– Distinct hour-glass waist
– Elbow-shaped antennae
– Equal-length wings that are much longer than body and break off easily
– Broad waist, less distinct body segments
– Straight antennae that appear to be made of tiny beads
Subterranean Termite Entry
Subterranean termites nest underground and create mud tubes to enter the home through cracks and openings in and around the foundation. Once inside, subterranean termites begin ingesting wood and creating new tubes to access other parts of the home. Once inside, winged females swarm the home looking for a mate and a place to start a new colony. No area of your home is safe from subterranean termites. Strategic placement and monitoring of Sentricon stations around the exterior of your home is the best prevention against subterranean termites.
Drywood Termite Entry
Drywood termites enter your home primarily during swarming season, which in South Florida is generally spring and fall. They enter through the tiniest of cracks, usually in the eave/soffit area. The damage is usually to the roof trusses or the roof sheathing. Fortunately, drywood termites are fairly slow eaters, but if left undetected or untreated, structural damage can occur and they can spread throughout the home. Unlike subterranean termites, there is no ongoing prevention for drywood termites other than sealing points of entry and having an annual inspection by a pest control professional.
Termites Introduced by the Homeowner
Drywood termites can also be brought into the house via an infested piece of furniture, wooden fixture, lumber or molding. If you notice small pellets in cabinets, drawers or under furniture, it is possible a colony may have been transported into the home. Always thoroughly inspect any item made of wood before introducing it into your home. When building an add-on or home addition, you may want to consider pre-treating the wood with a borate-based spray treatment. The spray permeates into the wood and creates a toxic meal for termites.
With any of these scenarios, it can take months or even years for termite activity to become evident.
As a homeowner, the best thing you can do is take all necessary preventative measures to reduce the risk of termite infestation.
Is Tent Fumigation Necessary?
Drywood termite infestation has traditionally meant tent fumigation. Fortunately, times have changed. Homeowners now have options available when it comes to dealing with these home-destroying pests. With the advent of sophisticated acoustic emission devices and infrared scanners, we are now able to pinpoint where the termites are eating and nesting. Localized treatments may be an option, allowing you to avoid the cost and inconvenience of tent fumigation. We will conduct a thorough inspection of your home, locate the problem and create an effective plan of action to remedy your situation.
If you see signs of what you think may be termite activity, please call us immediately at 772-286-6812 for a free inspection. When termites swarm it may be the only time you see them before it is too late. Whether termite activity is detected or it’s a false alarm, we are here to make sure your home doesn’t become another termite statistic.
Pre-Construction Soil Treatment for Termites
Patrick Exterminating provides pre-construction soil treatments for every type and size of construction project. Whether you are a general contractor laying a foundation or a homeowner adding a patio, we keep current on all county soil treatment requirements and can assist you with this important step to safeguard your project from termite intrusion. Contact our office at 772-286-6812 and let us take this important task off your hands. Our response time is typically within an hour. Upon request, we will gladly send proof of treatment to the appropriate building department official to ensure your job moves ahead on schedule. Most new construction treatments are warrantied for a year, and property owners have the option to extend that warranty. General contractors appreciate this option because it lets their clients know they have selected a company that stands behind their work for years to come.
Other wood-boring insects
In addition to termites, homes in Florida can be subject to infestation from other less-common wood-boring insects. These include several species of beetles and their larvae, as well as moth larvae, carpenter bees, carpenter ants and wood wasps. Telltale signs of these invaders are exit holes in the wood surface created when larvae develop to adulthood and “leave the nest.” Unlike the their wood-munching counterparts, carpenter ants do not eat wood, but build their nests by tunneling in damp wood where moisture is high enough for the eggs to survive. They can also establish satellite nests in drier wood that can contain workers, pupae and mature larvae. Infestation from wood-boring insects can usually be treated locally, but in severe cases, fumigation may be necessary.
We target all unwanted household intruders, including ant, roach, flea, tick, termite, bed bug, rat, mice, hornet and wasp, and coordinate bee removal. Our lawn pest and disease control services target the leading Florida yard invaders in St. Augustine grass, such as southern chinch bug, sod webworm and armyworm and fire ant, as well as common lawn fungus, including brown patch, leaf lesions and take-all root rot.
Patrick Exterminating is highly respected as an honest, reliable and knowledgeable exterminator serving the communities of Stuart, Jupiter, Port St. Lucie, Hobe Sound, Palm City and Jensen Beach, offering guaranteed treatment of your home and entire property, including lawn, trees, bushes, shrubs and landscape plants. We also offer fully warrantied pre-construction soil termite treatment for termites.
With Patrick Exterminating you can relax with peace of mind that your home and property is well protected.
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