A Guide to Making Your Bradenton Home Less Attractive to Termites
There are many reasons to keep termite prevention first and foremost in your mind this winter. Termites are expensive and dangerous. In Florida, they can survive all year long, causing extensive damage to homes. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Make your home less attractive to termites, and learn what to do if you suspect termites have found a way inside.
Termites feed on cellulose, which is found in wood. They can eat wooden beams and weaken your home from the inside out. Termites can cause thousands of dollars in damage to a single home. Though there’s no way to compile a definite statistic, it’s estimated that termites cause $600,000 in damage to American homes each year.
One of the reasons termites are dangerous is because they’re so hard to spot. In Florida, you’re probably dealing with subterranean termites. These termites live underground and spend their time either beneath the ground or inside of wooden structures. Coming into the open would kill them, so they spend their entire life hidden. If you’re asking yourself, “What are the signs of termites in a home?” the answer may be disappointing. You may see flying termites, called swarmers, for a brief period in the spring, but otherwise you’ll probably never see the termites themselves. You may, however, see evidence of the damage they’ve caused, such as bulging walls or drooping ceilings.
Termites In Florida
You may be wondering why we’re talking about termites in December. Aren’t pests a summer problem? Unfortunately, termites are a year-round problem in Florida. The warm weather and humid climate provide the perfect habitat for termites. Since they live underground and inside homes, they can easily survive Florida’s winters.
What do termites look like? Termites are tiny pests, about the size of ants. They range in color from tan to darker brown. Swarmers are winged termites who come out during the spring to mate and create new colonies. Most of the time, though, you won’t see termites. Signs that they’re in your Bradenton home include bowing ceilings, bulges in the floor, warped walls, or windows and doors that won’t open or close. If you see any of these signs, get help quickly.
To prevent termites, you want to make your home less attractive to them. What attracts termites to your house? The answer is moisture and food. The first step for prevention is to lower the levels of moisture in your home. Use a dehumidifier, especially in damp areas such as the basement or attic. Check your plumbing for any leaks, and fix them promptly, as water damage is guaranteed to attract termites.
The next step in prevention is to secure the exterior of your home. Replace the weather stripping around your home, and check that your gutters and downspouts are working properly, not causing any water buildup near your home. Replace rotting or broken shingles. Clear your yard of debris, especially old wood. Keep firewood at least 20 feet from your Bradenton home and avoid placing soil next to the wood of your home.
If termites get in, despite these efforts, or if you have a suspicion that termites might be inside, Keller’s Pest Control can come in for an inspection to help you determine whether or not you have termites. If you do, we can quickly create a custom treatment plan to eliminate termites before they can cause any more damage. Don’t risk trying to solve this problem on your own. Let us use our experience and expertise to identify and solve the problem. Plus, we can put a plan in place that will keep future termites from infesting. Reach out to us today for details on how we can help you have a termite-free home.