Termite infestations are an unfortunate reality for many residents of Boca Raton, FL. No matter how old your home is, where it’s located, or how it’s constructed, it is susceptible to being attacked by termites. Every year, they cause billions of dollars in damage in the United States alone—damage most homeowners insurance won’t cover. For an individual homeowner like you, this can mean thousands of dollars in repair and restoration costs.
Because termites can cause such significant problems, you need to understand how to keep your home safe throughout the year and what to do if you see evidence of termites in your house.
Are termites active in the winter?
In places such as Boca Raton, FL, where temperatures remain warm during the winter, termites can stay active all year, and queens can continue to lay eggs during the winter. They eat through wood, staying relatively undetected to the average homeowner. It’s only when swarmers emerge to mate in the spring that you’ll see piles of wings indicating an infestation. By that time, it’s clear that they’ve been nesting for quite some time.
What kinds of termites live in Boca Raton, FL?
Many homeowners in Florida will experience a drywood termite problem in their home. Drywood termites do not need moisture, so they spend their lives in dry wood, as their name suggests, except during swarming season. They enter your home by bringing in wood that is already infested, or by flying in during swarm season. They will fly in and enter around your doors, windows and attic soffits. Drywood termites can do significant damage in winter without producing much evidence of an infestation. Colonies can contain up to 4,800 termites. Because they are weak fliers, frequently, there is more than one colony living in your home.
Another species of termite living in South Florida are subterranean termites. Subterranean termites live underground and feed on wood. These bugs require moisture and like dark, damp areas, such as crawl spaces and basements when indoors. Colonies can range anywhere from 100,000 – 1 million workers, so it’s imperative to take action if you suspect an infestation.
How can I prevent termites in the winter?
In some ways, wintertime infestations are worse, because you cannot see any evidence of termite activity, but termites could be working their way through walls or your home’s frame. Termite swarming season typically happens in the spring, so the characteristic piles of wings are nowhere to be found.
You can limit the possibility of subterranean termite damage in the winter by restricting the amount of moisture in and around your home. These termites prefer areas such as moist crawl spaces or basements. They may also get attracted by certain types of mulch or landscaping features next to your home or your home’s foundation.
If you ensure that your home is dry and remove the elements that termites find attractive, you can decrease the odds of a wintertime infestation. By sealing the cracks and crevices around the exterior of your home, you will be taking even further steps to prevent both subterranean and drywood termites.
Another step that you can take is to remove any rotten branches, bushes, or trees next to your home. Termites could already be living in these and be looking for locations to set up additional colonies. If your home is next to an established colony, then it will likely be a target.
How does Hometown Pest Control get rid of termites?
If you see swarmers, which are winged termites that many people mistake for flying ants, it could be the first sign of a potential termite infestation. Sometimes, you will not see swarmers, but you will see their wings in piles near windows or corners. In many cases, you may find small holes or wood dust in the wood components of your home. Sometimes, you will notice color changes or blistering in your walls, which are signs of termite activity underneath. Because termites can do significant damage to your home, you need professional termite control and prevention from the certified experts at Hometown Pest Control.
We provide several solutions to your termite concerns. If you have subterranean termites in your home, our Termidor service is the best option. Termidor provides a continuous barrier of protection around your home. Termites will come in contact with the solution and transfer it to other termites eliminating the entire colony.
If you are dealing with drywood termites, both No-Tent and Tent Termite Services are available. Depending on your needs and the suggestion of our termite technician, either of these options may be best for you.
Whether you reside in a Homeowner Association (HOA), Non-HOA, or a 55+ community in Boca Raton, pest control is important to ensure the health and safety of your home and family. While an HOA can provide many benefits within a community (and pest control may be an important benefit depending on your community), you may still need preventative year round pest control or treatment for occasional pest problems inside of your home. At Hometown, we offer one-time treatments, monthly services, and annual services depending on your pest control needs. Call us today to schedule a free inspection. Same day service is available!