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Lee County, FL Property Owners' Guide To Subterranean Termite Control

March 01, 2021 - Termites

The worst problems are the ones we cannot see or the ones we don't notice until it is too late. One great example of this is with termites. These pests destroy homes for months and sometimes years without leaving a sign behind. It is only after things start falling apart that homeowners notice there is a problem. To help you avoid this inside your home in Lee County, FL, here is a complete guide to subterranean termite control that is sure to help.

What Are Subterranean Termites?

Many species of termites live in America and a few species that call Lee County home. Of these species, subterranean termites are the most common, by far. These underground pests destroy homes in a way that makes them nearly undetectable. The only early signs these pests leave behind are pencil-like mud tubes that crawl up the exterior of homes, and if they can find an easier way inside, you won't even find those. How are they able to do so much damage without being seen? By living underground, tunneling up to homes, and invading deep into structural wood. They even consume the wood they chew and don't leave behind any sawdust (frass), as seen with other pests like drywood termites and carpenter ants. 

How Destructive Are Termites?

A large colony of subterranean termites consumes a pound of wood every day. That may not seem like a lot, but it compounds over the course of months and years. Besides, it's not entirely the amount of wood these pests eat that is the problem. One of the biggest problems termites cause is the moisture damage they spread. Subterranean termites require a constantly moist environment to survive. For this reason, they carry small amounts of water with them as they tunnel, causing the wood to swell, walls to discolor, and a variety of other serious structural problems.

What Draws Subterranean Termites To Properties?

Subterranean termites do not always start with a the wood in a home when they come onto a property. Often they start with other tasty goodies that exist around yards. Some common items these pests love to munch on include sticks, leaf piles, wet cardboard, newspaper, nuts, dead stumps, and fallen trees. If these things are present around your property, check them for termites. An adult worker termite is creamy white and looks like a flying ant that's missing its wings.

Some Practical Ways To Deter Termites

If you cannot afford professional pest control but still want to keep termites off your property, here are a few basic prevention tips that will help deter these invasive pests.

  • Repair damage to your home's exterior, filling in gaps and cracks with caulk, replacing water-damaged wood, and addressing other entry points that might allow these pests a way inside.
  • Address moisture issues in and around your home by fixing leaky pipes, repairing broken or clogged gutters, and using a dehumidifier indoors.
  • Remove organic clutter and wood-based items from your property.
  • Store firewood and lumber at least 30 feet from your home's perimeter.

Why You Should Call The Professionals About Termites

Termite control methods have come a far way since the dawn of man. Today they are cheaper and more effective than they have ever been. If your property needs protection, we highly encourage you to reach out to our team at A Bug's Life Pest Management Inc. We will walk you through your options and help you find a plan that fits your budget and effectively eliminates destructive termites around your Lee County property.

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