Wood-destroying organisms feast on your home around the clock.
WDO Treatment can mitigate the situation and send termites packing.
Wood-Destroying Organisms, including termites, can wreak havoc on your home or business if left untreated. These pests are capable of causing major structural damage without you even being aware of it happening. The most recognized WDO is the termite. In general, termites cause about $5 billion in damages every year.
Florida is a hotspot for termite infestations because of its warm and wet climate. In fact, 5 Florida cities make the top 20 list of those with the largest termite presence in the US.
Two of the most common termites are the drywood and subterranean breeds. Each requires unique treatments to ensure your home is protected.
Drywood Termites are especially common in warm climates, so their presence in Florida is no surprise. They live in colonies and, as their name suggests, feed on areas of your home that house dry wood. Such areas are often far from everyday sight and include attics, crawlspaces, roofs, and deep within the walls. Drywood termites don’t need any external moisture to survive, so living near soil isn’t necessary.
Just because a building is new or framed with concrete rather than wood doesn’t mean termites can’t make it their home. Also, drywood termites don’t just feast on structural pieces of wood. They can infest pieces of wooden furniture or decor, which means if these are moved or change homes, the termites get a free ride as well.
There are steps you can take to prevent drywood termites from making a meal out of your home. Make sure to seal any cracks in its foundation. Also, don’t keep any pieces of scrap wood or firewood inside or even near your home. Aim for storing it 20 feet or more away, in case that it is carrying termites.
WDO inspections are the best way to detect if drywood termites are present. Southern Fumigation & Pest Control does not perform WDO inspections but can recommend and implement a solution if the presence of drywood termites is discovered in your home or business. Fumigation is generally the most effective form of treatment.
Another very common breed of WOD is the subterranean termite. Unlike their drywood counterparts, these termites are attracted to water and moisture. They build tunnels through the soil from their underground colonies to reach food. What is their favorite dish to dine on? Termites love cellulose, which occurs naturally in grass, leaves, and wood.
Because of their tunneling nature, subterranean termites can cause a ton of damage to your home without you even knowing they are there. Once they reach the home, they eat around the clock, likely causing structural damage. Also, they don’t restrict themselves to simply consuming your home. Subterranean termites will also feast on other cellulose sources they find, including furniture, books, and clothing.
If so much of their work goes unseen, how do you know if you have an infestation? A termite inspection by a professional pest control technician can help identify if you have an issue. However, there are a few signs to look for as homeowners. Check for any wood that feels soft or hollow or areas of the structure that are blistering or showing bubbles if painted.
WDO Treatment from Southern Fumigation & Pest Control
The best treatment for termites is prevention. However, if you’ve discovered termites or other wood-destroying organisms in your home on your own or through a WDO inspection, we can help. The best drywood termite treatment is fumigation, but other spot treatments with insecticides or heat may be preferable, depending on the scale of the infestation. For subterranean termites, there are a couple of options as well. A professional pest control expert can inject termiticide in the soil around the home’s foundation, potentially drilling into the slab to reach the earth below. Termiticide essentially repels termites, sending them away from the structure. In situations where chemicals aren’t an option, termite baits may be an option as well. Termite baits combine cellulose with an insecticide, which causes termites to die within a couple of weeks after ingestion.
The ideal home termite treatment is the one that is customized for your particular situation. No two homes are the same, so having a professional determine the best treatment is the best route to go. We are happy to discuss your situation, answer any questions, and recommend the best WDO treatment to keep your home and family safe. Contact us today!