Florida Termite F.A.Q.’s
Is it OK to have termites in your yard?
You won’t really have termites in the “yard”. Termites might be infesting tree stumps or fallen wood. Yes, it would be a problem because of the proximity to your home. Termites have been known to forage anywhere from 300-400 feet to find cellulose found in wood. It is estimated that there are 3-5 termite colonies per acre of land in Florida.
What do you do if you have termites in your yard?
When should I worry about termites?
Unfortunately for Floridians, termites are a year-round problem. Subterranean tend to “swarm” (fly) in the spring, whereas Drywood termites tend to swarm in the summer. This, however, is just when they are most actively mating. Both species of termites are actively feeding year-round.
How much does treating termites cost?
Depends on the size of the home and which species. Subterraneans are generally around $1,000 for a typical house, whereas Drywood Termites might be closer to $2,000. There are quite a few variables, however, so the best thing to do is get a FREE inspection.
Can you treat termites on your own?
It is very difficult and not advised. Experience is very important. You could spend lots of money on chemicals, products and not do the job correctly. Fumigations can only be done by professionals, as the gas (fumigant) is controlled.
Why is termite protection so expensive?
The products are fairly expensive and the equipment used is more elaborate than your regular ant, cockroach spray. Fumigations, for example, are heavily regulated.
Are Termite Protection Plans Worth it?
In Florida, ABSOLUTELY. In fact, all new construction has to get a termite treatment in order to pass inspection. This treatment, however, only lasts about 5 years at most.
What is the best way to get rid of termites?
Hire a professional! Not only should they have the experience to do it right, but they have to guarantee their work. All termite contracts in Florida are regulated by the State.
Can you live in a house with termites?
Yes. It will just be getting damaged and eventually, you could have serious structural damage. In addition, when the house sells the bank will typically require an inspection which will result in the need for treatment and possibly losing the potential buyer.
Are termites hard to get rid of?
Not with the correct products, chemicals, and experience. Termite control, however, is not something the homeowner should tackle on their own.
What attracts termites in the house?
Termites are attracted to other termites so when they find wood they tend to congregate which brings more to that site.
Does bleach kill termites?
Yes and No. Many things will technically kill a termite, like stepping on it with your shoe, however, the issue is killing the colony. Subterranean colonies are located below ground and Drywood Colonies are located within the wood they infest, so getting to those locations is the problem. So, no, bleach would not “solve” the problem.
What happens if you disturb termites?
Nothing really. They are always foraging for food.
What kills termites naturally?
Ants and other insects, animals try and eat them, however, it is very difficult for predators to reach them.
Why do I keep finding dead termites?
You probably have active termites in the home and you are finding swarmers that have left the nest and have died.
How do you tell if termites are active in your house?
The best thing to look for is dirt debris or anything that resembles spilled coffee grounds. This can be an indication of active termites. The best idea is to call a professional. Most companies will perform a free termite inspection.