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What Every West Palm Beach Boat Owner Needs To Know About Pest Protection
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Yacht Pest Control In West Palm Beach, FL

Subterranean Termites

Yacht ownership and living in West Palm Beach, FL go hand in hand. If you own a boat or yacht, you know that it is quite an investment. We want to help you protect your investment, especially from pests that can threaten the value of your boat or yacht, such as termites and powderpost beetles.

These wood destroying insects can come aboard and consume the wood on your vessel and create extensive damage. They can also be tricky to treat without damaging the boat, since it's not ideal to drill holes into a sea-faring vessel to apply termiticide foam. Here are a few things you should understand about these termites and beetles that infest Palm Beach, FL yachts.

Subterranean Termites On Boats

While these insects prefer to live in the ground, they can get inside boats. When they do, they will feed on soft wood, particularly near the water line or in areas of the boat where water has led to moisture damage.

It can be difficult to detect subterranean termites in a boat because they stay out of sight and only provide subtle signs of their presence at first. Subterranean termites will most often affect boats and yachts stored in yards or dry docks, since these termites usually require soil contact via mud tubes to survive. The best way to identify their presence is to look for mud tubes connecting the soil to the boat or you may observe wood damage on your yacht.

Drywood Termites On Boats

termite on the ground

Drywood termites target hardwood. They eat tunnels through framing, cabinets, banisters, and more. If you have drywood termites on a boat in West Palm Beach, FL, you're likely to start noticing hard, dry termite droppings called termite frass littered on surfaces. You may also see the tiny kickout holes that drywood termites create.

Drywood termites spread via swarms. Reproductive drywood termites, called alates, will swarm out of colonies during the year when conditions are right, usually in the summer. These flying termites will seek new areas of wood to create colonies, which is how they can end up in your boat.

These drywood termites are also commonly present in furniture storage facilities, and can actually be unknowingly installed in your boat if they are already present in items like cabinets. The first sign of their presence will likely either be by observing their frass on the interior of your boat's cabinets or observing their kickout holes in the cabinet wood. If you suspect you may have drywood termites on your West Palm Beach, FL area boat, call us today for a free termite inspection!

Powderpost Beetles On Boats

These insects target hardwood and softwood, depending on the species. When they get into a boat, they can create extensive damage. Like drywood termites, powderpost beetles make tiny kickout holes which they use to push frass out.

The Threat Of Wood-Destroying Organisms On Boats

When wood-destroying organisms (WDOs) invade your vessel, it is very difficult to exterminate them. These insects live deep inside wood. You won't get at them with sprays, and injecting termiticides can yield unsuccessful results since many areas of the boat are inaccessible and we don't recommend drilling holes in fiberglass or boats in general.

We've found that one of the best solutions for getting control of these insects is fumigation. The gases used in fumigation immediately work their way into the pores of a boat and move into the wood where the termites or powder post beetles are hiding. After the fumigation is complete, the gases dissipate, and the problem is solved.

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