Subterranean Termites are the most destructive of all termite species.
In most cases, Siesta Key homeowners are not even aware they have a problem with subterranean termites until there is a severe infestation. In Florida, subterranean termite infestation amounts to millions of dollars in damage each year. It is therefore very important to have your home thoroughly inspected for termite activity if you observe any of the signs of infestation.
With its warm, humid climate, and sandy soil, Siesta Key makes a great home for most types of termites, especially subterranean. These pests can cause massive damage to your property before you even know you have a problem because termites eat wood from the inside out.
This time of year in Siesta Key, you may see a swarm around your home. It’s likely mating season, eggs have hatched or they are looking for a new place to colonize.
Other signs you may have a subterranean termite problem include:
- Piles of “Frass” – If you see a pile a mixture of sawdust and termite waste (frass) near the wood of your home, look for irregularly shaped holes in the wood above the frass pile. It’s a sign you may have termites.
- Mud Tubes – Inspect the foundation of your home. Look for dirt tubes running from the ground up under the siding of your home.
- Soft or Cracked Wood – Unfortunately, this is how most homeowners discover a termite infestation. Termites feed on wood from the inside out, leaving a weak shell on the outside of the wood. Get professional help immediately if you discover wood that is soft or crumbles in your hand when you apply minimal pressure.
- Fecal Droppings Inside the Home – If you see small holes in furniture or walls, probe the area to see if the fecal matter falls out of the holes. If you see additional droppings after cleaning, you may have an active colony.
If you see one or more of these signs in or around your home, please call All-American Pest Services right away! We will help determine if you have subterranean termites and rectify the infestation – no matter how severe. Want to be proactive? We also provide termite prevention services.
Call us at 941-202-9270
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