Subterranean termites may cause a lot of damage to a home in a short time, which is why it is so important to stay educated about them and inspect your property regularly. These termites usually start to swarm in the warm and rainy months. Pest control companies in Polk County should be suggesting seasonal visits to your property to make sure that everything is done to avoid an undetected infestation.
About Subterranean Termites
There are three types of subterranean termites, which include reproductives, soldiers, and workers. The queen of the colony, the alates, and the king makeup the reproductives group. If you come across a queen, you will notice that it is much bigger than all of the other termites. Depending on how news the colony is, a queen can lay between a dozen and 1000 eggs a day. This is why catching subterranean termites early is very important for the structure of your home.
The alates are also known as the swarmer termites. These termites are darker than the other ones and have translucent wings. The most common sign of an infestation is noticing swarmer termites or their left-behind wings in areas such as your window seal.
The soldier and worker termites have cream or beige colored bodies and are usually not noticed first. Every State in the United States except for Alaska has subterranean termites.
Keeping Subterranean Termites Away from Your Property
The best way to be productive with termite control is to make sure that they avoid your home altogether. There are some things you can do to try to prevent termites on your own. The first way is to make sure that water doesn't settle near your home for long periods. It is also important to have proper ventilation in your home and to keep old wood away from your house.
Checking your property regularly for termites can help you detect them early. Consistently inspecting your home's foundation for mud tubes that protect the travels of the termites can help you discover them early. You can also inspect the inside of your home for flooring that seems softer and bubbles in the paint or walls. Remember to check behind furniture and in out-of-the-way areas such as the corner of closets. Seasonal termite control by a professional is one way to stay ahead of a major structural problem.
If you still aren't sure that you have a termite problem, one of the best ways to check is by inspecting your property the morning after a rainy evening. If it is warm outside, you may see swarmer termites around your property. While many termites enter through areas close to the foundation, you may also have an infestation that starts higher up on your home.
Being proactive in a damp and humid State, such as Florida, is the best way to make sure that you catch subterranean termites early and can get rid of them with minimal damage.
How to Get Rid of Termites
The best way to get rid of termites is to hire a professional pest control company in Polk County. A professional will know exactly how to get rid of termites around your property and advise you on keeping them away long-term. It is important to have a professional inspect the damage to the property, find the termites, and come up with a solid plan to eliminate them quickly. Once the termites are gone, then you should have any structural damage repaired as soon as possible to avoid any further issues. If you have an infestation of termites or want a seasonal inspection, contact us at J.P.'s Termite & Pest Control, Inc., one of the most reliable pest control companies in Polk County. Give us a call at 863-581-2104, or submit our Pricing Request Form here.
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