St. Johns, FL Pest Control
Termites are a big problem in the area around St. Johns in northwest Florida. Nationwide, termites cost homeowners more than $5 billion in damage to property every year. Termites chew through all types of wood including roof rafters, doors, windows, floor joists and furniture. Homeowners are often not aware that termites are present until extensive damage has occurred.
Eastern, Asian and Formosan subterranean termites are the most destructive types of termites active in northwest Florida. Other types of wood destroying organisms present in the St. Johns area include powder post beetles, drywood termites, and dampwood termites. Florida is one of the few places where both Asian and Formosan termites overlap.
Eastern subterranean termites nest underground in large colonies and tunnel to sources of food. Formosan termites eat live vegetation such as pine, oak and cypress trees. They also eat through electrical cables, foam insulation, copper sheeting, plaster, cardboard and asphalt.
Signs of a Termite Infestation
Because subterranean termites live behind walls or underground, you may not see signs of them until they have damaged your building. Termites build mud tubes that act as tunnels between nests and food. Nests may be up to 400 feet from food sources. You may see tubes on outside walls, around wooden doors and windows, in crawl spaces or under stairways.
Another tell-tale sign is piles of wings around doors or windows. Termites also leave droppings that look like small pellets of wood. Other clues include blistered paint or wet patches on walls, wallpaper or flooring.
Ways to Prevent Termite Infestations
Eliminating sources of food, water and entry points into a building are the best ways to keep termites from colonizing. Although subterranean termites usually nest underground, they can also live in moist environments such as potted plants, boats, weakened trees and landscape timbers. Transport of these infested items to new locations allows new colonies to develop.
To look for signs of termite damage, check the building foundation for cracks or holes and places where water pipes and utility lines enter. Check basements and concrete flooring for cracks or signs of termite tunnels. Seal any cracks to prevent entry.
Store firewood and lumber in a dry location away from the foundation of a house. Clear tree stumps and yard waste from the grounds. Keep compost piles far from the building.
Check drainage around the house. Fix any leaks and make sure that drainpipes and gutters are free of debris.
Termite Removal Solutions
The most effective way to eradicate established termite colonies from a property is to use an experienced professional like Bug Out Service. Professionals are trained to identify the type of pest and devise effective treatment procedures.
A professional may treat the soil around the building, use baits or use liquid treatments. Depending on the severity of the problem, several or all options may be used. The pest technician will also examine your property to identify potential feeding sources and points of entry. Bug Out Service technicians will recommend ways to correct these problems to prevent additional infestations.
Bug Out Service has provided pest control in the area around St. Johns, Florida, for more than 50 years. The company provides free evaluation of your pest problem and designs a unique treatment plan that addresses the specific problem. Call 904-584-9868 or 352-221-9066 to schedule a free assessment. Bug Out Service uses integrated pest management strategies to minimize harm to the environment, you and your loved ones.