Certified Pest Control
In most cases, to control subterranean termites, it is often a large expense to the consumer. Therefore, we believe this expense should be considered carefully.
First, a subterranean termite lives in the soil. However, subterranean termites are known to build “mud tubes” in order to enter a structure or to consume cellulose/wood. In most cases, they build their mud tubes in between tiny cracks in the concrete base of a home or under a structure.
There are several factors to consider when dealing with subterranean termites- i.e.
moisture, size of the colony, time of year, and more. This helps in determining how fast
they can damage a structure. One key factor to consider is that subterranean termites
typically work slowly. It is known that smaller subterranean termite colonies can
consume up to 4-6 inches of a 2×4 in a little over a year. We highly recommend that you
DO NOT rush into a contract with any pest control company until you can thoroughly
research what is being offered to you.
We are proud to be linked up with Ensystex in order to offer their line of subterranean
termite preventative baiting system, Exterra. The Exterra Subterranean Termite
Preventative Baiting System far exceeds its competition by allowing for less disturbance
to the colony plus much more. This is important when controlling the colony. Call us for
more details: 239-877-4041. We also offer several other solutions to your subterranean
Subterranean Termites are social insects that live in colonies consisting of many
individuals. The colonies are composed of workers, soldiers, and reproductives. The
workers are very small, 1/8th of an inch, have no wings, are white to cream colored and
very numerous. Soldiers defend the colony against insects, like ants, that can attack the
colony. Soldiers are wingless and white in color with large brown heads. King and
Queen Termites perform the reproductive functions of the colony. They are dark brown
to black in color.
Subterranean Termites, as the name suggests, live in the soil, in most cases.
Subterranean Termites are an important part of our environment. In a natural setting,
this type of termite recycles dead trees back into the soil. Without the termite, our
forests would be littered with dead trees as wood “rot” cannot break the dead trees
down fast enough. The termite sees the wood in your home as just another food source.
If the wood of your home does not contact the soil, they can build mud tunnels or tubes
to reach the wood several feet above the ground. These mud tunnels can extend for 50-
60 feet to reach wood and often enter a structure through expansion joints in concrete
slabs or where utilities enter the home. The main portion of the termite colony stays in
the ground and the foraging worker termites come into a home through cracks in the
concrete, as small as 1/64th of an inch, a dimes width. Once inside, they will eat the
wood and bring it back to the nest in the ground as food to the termites remaining in the
Subterranean termites feed on wood or other items that contain cellulose, such as
paper, fiberboard, and some fabrics derived from cotton or plant fibers. Subterranean
Termites are often difficult to detect. Detection can be from the presence of winged
reproductives, mud tubes on the sides of your home, or seeing wood damage.
The control of subterranean termites is often a major expense and like any other
household expense should be carefully considered. An important point to remember is
that Subterranean Termites work SLOWLY! There are many variables when considering
how fast or slow a termite colony will damage a home. A small colony can typically eat
six inches of a wooden 2X4 board in one year. You do not need to rush into an
agreement with a firm before you thoroughly investigate all your alternatives.
Certified Pest Control can control all types of termites for you economically. Let our
experienced termite inspectors come and evaluate if you have a termite problem or some
other form of damage. If it is termites, we can offer different types of services to
correct the infestation. Certified Pest Control offers long term protection with our in
ground termite baiting systems if you plan to keep you home, or traditional liquid
treatments for a 5- or 7-year protection.
Swarming (Flying) Subterranean Termites
During the spring of each year, the Subterranean Termites produce winged swarmers.
The purpose of these swarmers is to fly up onto the air, find a mate and start a new
colony. After mating, both the male and the female land on a suitable nesting area, and
lose their wings. When they swarm into your home, in most cases, they cannot do any
damage to your home. To start a nest, Subterranean Termites need a moist, wet, or
rotten wood. Unless you have one of those conditions the swarmer termites cannot hurt
you. Swarmer termites are attracted to light when they emerge from the colony. They
may be found in windowsills or around your TV or ceiling lights. Try not to spray these
termite swarmers. They will die within a few hours if no moist wooden nesting area is
found. You can use a vacuum to rid yourself of these nuisance pests.
Subterranean Termites are extremely prevalent here in Florida. It’s not if you will get a
termite problem, it is when will you get a termite problem. The University of Florida
states that, 2/3’s of all new homes in Florida will have a termite problem within 5 years.
To protect your home, have a FREE TERMITE INSPECTION performed yearly by
Certified Pest Control. Then consider one of our economical protective Subterranean
Termite services to protect your valuable home from unwanted damage and stress.
Call Certified Pest Control today for a FREE TERMITE INSPECTION and a complete
explanation and free estimate for any of our services. Remember, when thinking pest
control think Certified Pest Control – Your Certified Pest Professional!