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Termite Solutions For South Florida

Termites can be intimidating pests to deal with, and because you’ll rarely see them, there may be a lingering feeling in the back of your mind that they are in your home or business, causing damage. Without an inspection or a preventative treatment, it is impossible to know if that is the case. Here at Native Pest Management, we prefer to take the unknown out of termite control, so you can rest easy and focus on the more important things in life. We warranty all of our termite control treatments. Optional annual termite renewals allow you to have control over your home's termite coverage for as long as you are in your house.

Drywood Termite Control

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Drywood termites feed on the dry, un-decayed wood in your home, which may result in costly repairs if left unaddressed. The most common areas to find drywood termite colonies are inside door frames, windowsills, baseboards, wood furniture, attics, and wooden studs behind walls. Unlike subterranean termites, drywood termites do not require any contact with the soil to survive.

Drywood termites can get into structures when you unknowingly bring infested wooden furniture inside. They also produce reproductive swarmers that may find their way into your home through cracks and gaps on the exterior. Drywood termites create very small 1/8 inch diameter holes to enter the wood in your house where they will create chambers for their queens to lay eggs.

One way to identify the presence of drywood termites is to look for termite frass. These fecal pellets are hard and can be various colors. They may appear to look like small piles of dirt inside your house against walls or on windowsills. If a colony is in the attic or ceiling of your home, the frass may fall onto the floor or carpet in the middle of the room below.

When a drywood termite colony matures, which takes three to five years, termites with wings may begin to appear. This appearance is called a termite swarm, and for drywood termites, it occurs most often from April through July and frequently after heavy rain.

Drywood Termite Control Methods

No-Tent Termite Control

With relatively recent advancements in termite control technology, fumigation is no longer the only option to eliminate termites from your home. If your termite infestation is still small and localized to specific areas, we offer a no-tent termite control option.

During an inspection of your home, if a drywood termite colony is present, we will find localized areas of termite activity and apply our treatment directly into the termite galleries hidden within the window frames, door frame, and the wall(s) of your home. We will also use a borate-based dust into your attic. By injecting an expanding termiticide foam into the areas of activity, the product applied will flow directly into the active drywood termite galleries. As termites come into contact with the product inside the wall, they will inadvertently transfer the termiticide to the rest of the colony and the queen.

This no-tent method of termite control is often less costly than tent fumigation. It also does not require your family or your pets to leave the house for any amount of time, and none of the prep work necessary for termite tenting is needed (bagging food, adjusting screens and fences, etc.).

We are confident in the results our no-tent termite control provides, so we warranty all treatments for a year following the initial treatment. We will then offer an optional annual renewal if you choose to extend your warranty. During every annual renewal, we will arrange for a licensed termite inspector to do a full inspection of your home for any new termite activity or conducive conditions that may attract termites in the future.

Tent Fumigation For Termites

The traditional tent fumigation method is always the most effective way to guarantee complete termite eradication from your home. While it is often more costly and requires preparation and days spent away from your house, it is sometimes the only option if a termite infestation is severe.

Every year we tent hundreds of local homes and businesses for drywood termite control. Due to the liability involved with termite tenting, we continuously train our technicians on the laws, labels, and procedures to safely provide fumigation services. We have provided tent fumigation for yachts, boats, cars, homes, businesses, hotels, and apartment complexes. When it comes to termite tenting, we’ve seen it all. Call us today to ask for a free termite inspection to determine which drywood termite control plan we recommend.

our termite control process

free Inspection

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Whenever a home is under our care for termite control, we have a trained and licensed termite inspector do a complete visual inspection of the interior and exterior of your house. Upon completion of our inspection, we will recommend the course of treatment that will work best for your situation.

treatment

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We use the most advanced methods and products in our termite treatments. Determining the type of treatment we provide hinges on if you have an active infestation, the type of termites that have invaded your home, and the severity of the infestation.

Warranty

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All of our termite control methods include a one-year warranty. If termites get into your house within the year, we’ll return to re-treat at no additional cost. This warranty is transferable if you sell your home. It is also renewable every year.
 

Subterranean Termite Control

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If subterranean termites are present in your home, they’re usually not visible because they spend their lives underground or within the wooden structures of your house. Often, people become aware that an infestation is present when winged termites swarm into their home during their annual flights. After these flights, you will likely find piles of detached wings near windows, sinks, and bathtubs.

If you find winged termites or even termite wings in your South Florida home or business, we urge you to contact us immediately to schedule a free termite inspection. The presence of a termite swarm indicates that a large and well-developed colony is somewhere nearby and likely already in your house.

Subterranean termite colonies may contain as many as a million termites, and termites can forage up to 150 feet in search of food. They can enter your home through small cracks or joints in the foundation or by building mud tubes on foundation walls. Just like finding discarded wings, finding these mud tubes is another indication of a termite infestation. Mud tubes are usually found on exterior and interior foundation walls and are about the width of a pencil. Other common entry points for subterranean termites are the plumbing penetration points through the concrete slab under your home. Termites travel up these tubes from their underground colony to access food.

By the time you discover you have subterranean termites, the damage they have caused may already be severe. Even in concrete block and new construction homes, we have seen these termites destroy the wooden studs within walls.

Since subterranean termites cause more extensive damage at a quicker pace than drywood termites, we always recommend termite prevention for your home or business to stop these termites before they can get inside. However, if you suspect that termites are already present in your home, we can still help by eliminating the active colony and preventing any future ones that try to get inside.

Subterranean Termite Control Methods

At Native Pest Management, we perfer to use eco-friendly termite control when it is available to minimize the impact on the environment. To stop subterranean termites without the need for termiticide chemicals to be applied in the soil surrounding your home, we now offer the Trelona® ATBS Advance® Termite Baiting System.

What Is The Trelona® ATBS Advance® Termite Baiting System?

The Trelona® ATBS Advance® Termite Baiting System is a termite control system manufactured by BASF Corporation, a leading product manufacturer. With this new system, a study has shown that termites will find the Trelona bait stations faster than their Sentricon counterparts. Termite colonies across the country are being hit in as quickly as 15-45 days with the use of these advanced bait stations, which have the active ingredient Novaluron.

Termite bait stations have become the most popular method of subterranean termite control in recent years. To protect your home or business, we install termite bait stations at regular intervals around the foundation of your house to actively bait subterranean termites and destroy their colonies before they can cause any damage.

How Do Termite Bait Stations Work?

The Trelona® ATBS bait stations that we will install at your home or business each come pre-loaded with two Trelona Compressed Termite Bait Cartridges. As recommended by BASF, stations will be installed in the soil surrounding structures approximately every 10-12 linear feet.

We then will inspect these stations annually. The bait in these stations will remain effective for 2 to 3 years under typical conditions, at which time our termite inspectors will replace the bait in your stations so that they remain effective at protecting what matters to you most.

The Trelona® ATBS Termite Baiting System uses an active ingredient that, when consumed, prevents termites from molting, which eventually leads to death. Worker termites not only consume the bait and alert other workers to its presence but also bring it back to the other colony members, eventually eliminating the entire colony. Our termite baiting system treatment includes annual follow-up visits to check the bait stations, refill them if necessary, and perform an inspection for any signs of termite activity.

Why Do We Suggest Termite Baiting?

At Native Pest Management, we believe in Integrated Pest Management - because pest populations should be prevented before an infestation is present. It is our opinion that termite bait stations are the most effective preventative option for subterranean termites in our service area which includes all of Palm Beach, Martin, and Broward counties.

Termidor Foundation Trenching

By applying a pet-safe barrier of termiticide around your home’s foundation, we can prevent subterranean termites from gaining access to your house. Subterranean termites will come in contact with the barrier we create on the exterior of your home. If they consume it, they will die, but it also has a “transfer effect” that allows termites to spread it to each other. This effect acts like a virus to “infect” the entire colony, eliminating them all.

In Florida, home builders are required by law to provide a new construction termite pre-treatment during construction before pouring the foundation, to create a horizontal barrier for termite control. Native Pest Management can provide these treatments. We can also provide your existing home with the protection it needs to protect it from termites, regardless of whether you have an active infestation. For an existing home, we will dig trenches around the foundation so we can apply a barrier of liquid termiticide, which will provide a long-lasting vertical barrier for termite control.

Pre-Construction Termite Control In South Florida

At Native Pest Management, we provide free termite pre-treatment inspections and estimates for both homeowners and general contractors. The State of Florida requires termite pre-treatment certificates be issued by a licensed pest control company prior to concrete slabs being poured. Most of the pre-treatments we do are for home additions or for new home construction. We also have performed these treatments for large commercial and industrial facilities. 

This certificate is required since subterranean termites cause billions of dollars in structural damage annually, and a mis-applied termite pre-treatment or the lack of a pre-treatment can make a structural vulnerable.

What Is A Termite Pre-Treatment?

Termite pre-treatments are treatments that are required to help prevent subterranean termites from causing structural damage to new construction homes, structural additions, and commercial buildings. In South Florida, we have a number of termite species, but the most threatening to new construction homes and businesses are subterranean termites. In our service area, five native and non-native subterranean termite species plague structures. The most damaging is the invasive Formosan subterranean termite, often referred to as “the super termite”.

How Do Termite Pre-Treatments Protect Against Termites?

Soil Treatment
The types of termiticide products labeled for termite pre-treatments will either work by repelling termites or work by killing termites via a transfer effect when they come into contact with treated soil.

At Native Pest Management, we prefer products such as Termidor and Premise, which instead of trying to repel termites - work by eliminating entire termite colonies.

While termiticides such as bifen that repel termites are often the cheapest option for a termite pre-treatment, they do not last as long in the soil. The reason termiticides that repel termites are often cheaper is that they are less effective at achieving successful termite prevention. With a repellent termiticide – any tiny gap in spray coverage can be enough to allow subterranean termites to enter the structure.

Termite Bait Stations
Our favorite method of termite prevention is to install termite bait stations in the soil surrounding structures. Bait stations are effective at eliminating local termite colonies.

We only install and monitor the most advanced stations - the Trelona® ATBS Advance Baiting System. This system does not utilize wood monitoring blocks like other types of termite bait stations may use. Every station we install comes pre-loaded with active bait so that they immediately begin to eliminate termites once installed.

For South Florida Termite Pre-Treatments - Use Native Pest Management

At Native Pest Management, we provide Palm Beach, Broward, Martin, and St. Lucie counties with guaranteed pest and termite control solutions. If you are a general contractor or homeowner who is building a home or commercial building in the South Florida area, or simply adding a small addition to your home or business, please contact us today.

 

Contact Us Today For Termite Control In South Florida

If you suspect that either drywood or subterranean termites may have infected your home, we urge you to contact Native Pest Management immediately. As a provider of termite control in Palm Beach and surrounding counties, we do our best to provide our customers with convenient, safe, and non-invasive termite control and prevention.

Serving the West Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Wellington, Boca Raton and all of Broward, Martin, and St. Lucie counties, Native Pest Management is your go-to source for termite control and termite prevention. If you have any questions about termites, please don’t hesitate to contact us to talk to one of our experienced termite control company employees. We look forward to helping you get rid of your termite infestation and make sure that your home or business continues to stay termite-free. Call us today for a free termite treatment quote.

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