West Palm Beach Termite Control
Here at Native Pest Management, we seem to specialize in West Palm Beach termite control. Why is this? Sadly for residents of South Florida, our corner of the state is rather “rich” when it comes to termite population density.
Termites, as you likely know, are most often known for their consumption of cellulose, an organic fiber that is found in wood. Normally, this wouldn’t affect people much, but most West Palm Beach areas happen to be constructed using wood in some function or another. Because of this, if you notice a termite in or around your home, it might be wise to contact your local termite exterminator at Native Pest Management to come and inspect your home or business for signs of damage.
Native Pest Management is your source for West Palm Beach termite control, but we cannot help you if you never contact us to come and inspect your home or business in the first place. Because of this, we see it fit to discuss what termites you could potentially find on your West Palm Beach property, as well as some basic ways to identify if you might have an issue.
South Florida Termite Species
In South Florida, specifically the West Palm Beach area, there are upwards of 10 different species of termites — and those are only the ones that have been identified currently. Because of the wide range of appearances that each individual termite species in Florida, we won’t go that far into the distinction of each individual species. Instead, we will talk about the three major classifications of termites, and provide you with access to valuable resources should you decide to research each species in depth.
South Florida Drywood Termites
Drywood termites (non-subterranean), true to their name, are termites that infest dry wood — wherever they may find it. Drywood termites live in small colonies located in isolated pieces of wood, and while that may sound less-damaging than you might associate with termites, it is not, being that there are often multiple small colonies infesting an area simultaneously.
Drywood termites are not seen extremely often by property owners even if the structure of their home or business is infested — being that this species prefers to stay hidden inside of the wood that they inhabit. Instead, drywood termites are most commonly identified by the presence of their fecal matter. Drywood termite fecal matter is “ejected,” or pushed, from the infested piece of wood and can be noticed by passers-by once a number of pellets have accumulated.
Drywood termite species in South Florida include:
- Florida drywood termite (Cryptotermes cavifrons)
- Drywood termite (Incisitermes snyderi)
- West Indian drywood termite (Crytotermes brevis)
- Western drywood termite (Incisitermes minor)
If you suspect that your West Palm Beach area business has been infested by drywood termites, we strongly urge you to get in touch with our team of termite removal and termite prevention specialists. We will come to visit your property, inspect it for damages, and discuss with you a course of action for treatment. Contact us today for a free estimate.
South Florida Dampwood Termites
To preface this brief description of dampwood termites that are native to South Florida, we would like to say that if your home or business is infested with dampwood termites, then the infestation is not the only problem. So aptly named for the type of wood that they like to infest, dampwood termites are attracted to woods that are saturated with water to some extent — meaning that your structure may have water damage as well. The amount of saturation that infested wood can have ranges, as it can be a result of a leak, or simply wood from the structure that is in constant contact with the ground.
Dampwood termites are much larger than drywood termites and subterranean termites, and they can be identified by their generally stout bodies and visible “pinchers” protruding from their face.
Known for being extremely damaging to structures, dampwood termites are known to infest structurally integral beams that can be found inside or under the property. Because of this, it is extremely important to catch infestations early or to prevent infestations from happening in the first place by using integrated pest management approaches.
Dampwood Termite Species Include:
Due to the nature and destructive capabilities of dampwood termites in South Florida, it is imperative that you get in touch with us right away upon finding or suspecting an infestation in your home or business. Our team of experienced termite solutions specialists have the tools, experience, and knowledge to treat and remove termite populations, as well as implement preventative measures in order to avoid future infestations.
South Florida Subterranean Termites
While the previous two termites that we have discussed, the drywood termite and the dampwood termite, share relatively similar patterns in behavior and action, subterranean termites set themselves apart in one major way — they utilize dirt and terrain to protect themselves.
Now, when we said that drywood termites are relatively hard to find, they are nothing compared to subterranean termites. Subterranean termite damages are often hard to diagnose, as the surface layer of the damaged product must be removed to see any damages at all.
Luckily, there are some telltale signs that your South Florida home or business might be affected by termites. Because they utilize dirt to protect themselves from exposure and predators, their path to your structure can be easy to see. Subterranean termites create mud tubes to transport themselves from the ground to your structure. If you notice that there are mud tubes or hollow sounding wood in your home or business, you might have a potential infestation on your hands.
South Florida Subterranean Termite Species:
- Eastern subterranean termites (Reticulitermes spp.)
- Cuban subterranean termite (Prorhinotermes simplex)
- Formosan subterranean termites (Coptotermes formosanus)
- Asian subterranean termites (Coptotermes gestroi)
- West Indian subterranean termites (Heterotermes caribeus)
If you find mud tubes on the foundation of your property, or if you notice damage to wood materials in your home or business, it might be time get in touch with your West Palm Beach termite control specialists at Native Pest Management to schedule an inspection and request a quote.
The Most Dangerous — South Florida Formosan Termites (Subterranean)
Of the subterranean termite species that can be found here in the Palm Beach County area, the Formosan termite is by far the most important for us to discuss. Formosan termites are known as “super termites” in comparison to the nearly 2,000 other termite species because of their voraciousness and their innate ability to chew through wood, flooring, and other common structural building supplies without being detected. Formosan termites are known for having an incredibly complex social caste system that consists of alates (reproductive termites), soldiers, and workers.
It can be extremely hard to identify the Formosan termite because they are hard to find — even when they are actively destroying your West Palm Beach area home or business. Formosan termites range in size, with smaller alates growing to 5/16 inch and larger termites sometimes reaching ½ inch in length.
Like most other termite species, the Formosan termite can be identified by its six legs and trademark creamy white/brown color — the hardest part is finding them in the first place.
Infestation, Treatment & Prevention
When it comes to Formosan termites, there are few red flags that might pop up — alarming you that your home or business is being infested. In most cases, infestations are identified when a property owner notices the swarmers, or winged termites. Swarmers are attracted to light and can often lose their wings — leaving them behind as small clues. If you see swarmers it is imperative that you contact your local termite control provider right away, because swarmers are the reproductive Formosan termites.
If you even suspect that you have a Formosan termite infestation, we urge you to get in touch with us at Native Pest Management so that we can remedy the situation before damage becomes even worse. If you want to protect your home or business from Formosan termites, we urge you to contact us today to schedule a termite inspection and treatment. At the minimum, we suggest that you have your property inspected for termite activity and damage at least once a year.
Native Pest Management — Your Source For West Palm Beach Termite Control
If there is even a small chance or suspicion that you might have a termite infestation in your home or business, it is crucial that you contact us at Native Pest Management to inquire about our West Palm Beach termite control services.
Once you get in touch with us, we will provide you with a free quote and send one of our termite exterminators to your home or business to conduct an inspection. Once the inspection is completed, we will determine an integrated pest management and termite solutions plan for your home or business.
So what are you waiting for? Contact us today so that we can provide you with West Palm Beach termite control services as soon as possible.