Don’t wait, report signs of termite activity
When it comes to termites, “Out of sight doesn’t mean out of mind!” Signs of termite infestations are difficult to detect. Many termites tunnel hundreds of feet to reach their feeding site. Apex Termite & Pest Management is crucial in helping you protect your home before termites attack! We not only help in the extermination of existing termites, we also protect your home against future infestation.
Dampwood Termites are most commonly found on the west coast but can also be found from central to southern Florida. As their name suggests these termites are found in damp and decaying wood, such as logs and stumps.
Dampwood Termite Colonies: Dampwood termites need to inhabit and feed on wood with high moisture content. Most homes do not and should not have moist wood. Structural infestations of these termites are rare and they are not classified as major structural pests in the United States. However, if your home has damp wood, these termites can infest it and build nests.
Signs of Termite Infestation: The first sign of an infestation is small swarms of flying termites and fecal pellets. Dampwood termites leave behind fecal pellets that unlike drywood termites lacks structure and is moist and not as well defined in shape. These termites plug their holes in wood with their waste, so it is unlikely that you willsee any of the wood damage.
Dampwood Termite Control: If dampwood termites invade your home, your first priority should be to fix moisture issues. Identify and correct the water problem, most dampwood termites will weaken and die when the source of water is removed. You may require the help of a contractor to locate the problem, as it can be caused by anything from humidity, insulation and ventilation systems, leaky pipes, or air conditioner condensation lines.
Once the moisture issue is resolved, contact us to inspect for any further termite activity and protective measures.
It is estimated that termites cause over a billion dollars in damage to United States homes each year and it is rarely covered in homeowner insurance policies. Drywood termites are found primarily in coastal, southern states like Florida. Left untreated, their damage can be substantial. Dry wood termites live in dry wood located above ground and do not need soil. Wood damage is visible, these termites will eat wood in honeycomb looking pattern either with or against the grain.
Drywood Termite Colonies: Drywood termites need to inhabit dry wood and do not need to be in contact with the soil. Drywood termites are able to located crevices in the wood of your home and dig out a space for them to seal themselves inside. Then they begin producing eggs to start a colony, within a couple years this colony can grow to a size capable of causing damage. It can be difficult to prevent drywood infestations because they can enter at any point of you home, not just near the soil like subterranean termites. Contact us to get started on proactive treatment measures recommended by our trained specialists, which can reduce and protect your home from an infestation.
Drywood termites extract as much water as possible from the feces to conserve it. The results are very distinct fecal pellets. The are hexagonal, six sided, and all are a similar size of about 1mm long. The termites kick them out of their tunnel. Appearance of mounds of these pellets indicate activity. It is important to note that pellets can remain even after a colony has died, which can be misleading. Contact us to confirm the activity is recent.
Drywood Termite Control: There are many different treatment options depending on the location and severity of the infestation. It is important to to get an assessment by our professional team to see what your options are.
Subterranean termites are hidden from our view either beneath the surface of soil, wood, or in mud tunnels. Which makes it harder to detect their presence until the damage or the insects become visible.
A subterranean termite infestation begins when warm temperatures and heavy rainfall trigger an established colony to send out a swarm of winged termites. Subterranean termites cause 95 percent of all termite damage in North America. Colonies can contain up to 1 million members. The are most common in the humid, subtropical.
Subterranean Termite Colonies: Subterranean termites build large colonies underground, which are composed of tunnels. When subterranean termites eat wood, they fill it with soil to help maintain the humidity. If mud tunnels are visible on the walls or foundation of your home, it is highly likely that you are experiencing a subterranean termite infestation.
Signs of Termite Infestation: They commonly enter through cracks in the slab, utility conduits, expansion joints, and plumbing connections. A common indication of subterranean infestation is the presence of dark areas or blisters in wood.
Subterranean Termite Control: There are many different treatment options depending on the location and severity of the infestation. It is important to to get an assessment by our professional team to see what your options are.