Central Florida Termite Control Services
Wood-destroying organisms, such as termites, are a very serious problem throughout Florida. They attack and damage any building material that contains cellulose, such as wood used in house and building construction, drywall covered with paper, or siding materials containing cellulose. The termites commonly encountered in Florida include subterranean termites and dry-wood termites. One of the most prevalent and dangerous wood destroying organisms is the subterranean termite, which can cause significant wood damage to a house and other structures. The termite’s activity generally goes unnoticed until extensive damage becomes visible, and the economic impact is substantial. The professional exterminators at Pest Detector offer termite control throughout Central Florida in Apopka, Clermont, Montverde, Ocoee, Davenport, Groveland, Poinciana, Haines City, St. Cloud, Kissimmee, Windermere, Mascotte, Winter Garden, Minneola and the surrounding areas.
What can a homeowner do to protect against Florida termites?
Houses and other wood structures can be protected from termites only if they are constructed and maintained properly, and a protective treatment is applied correctly. If you are having a house built, make sure that termite protection is considered in the design and construction of the house. Also make sure that your general contractor has a qualified pest control company provide termite protection treatment during appropriate stages of construction. Proper termite protection treatment during construction typically requires at least two separate applications, and may require several more. Ask your builder how your house is being protected from termites. If your house is already built, there are still many things you can do to enhance your termite protection:
- Make sure that wood mulch used for landscaping is not in contact with siding.
- Divert sprinkler water away from exterior walls and foundation.
- Promptly repair any water leaks and moisture problems in the roof, attic, walls, bathroom and sink areas.
- Maintain gutters and downspouts, and keep splash blocks in place, to keep water from disturbing the termiticide protective barrier around foundation.
- Keep any wood-based items, such as firewood, scrap lumber, fencing and planter boxes, from coming in contact with exterior siding. Do not store firewood in the garage.
Why are termites in Central Florida a problem now?
For many years up to 1988, the use of chlordane or similar pesticides to treat the soil prior to finishing the foundation was an effective means of controlling termites and protecting the wood in a structure. This situation changed dramatically in April 1988, when the use of chlordane and similar pesticides was stopped due to concerns about environmental and human health effects. These products were replaced with pesticides considered to be safer for the environment and human health. But these characteristics also made the products less effective for termite protection. While chlordane generally lasted more than 30 years, currently available materials last only five to 15 years, and require more precise application.
Working with a pest control operator
Termite protection chemicals (termiticides) can only be used by state-licensed pest control applicators. Termiticides must be applied as required by label directions. Florida law requires that a contract be issued whenever a termite treatment is conducted.
For more information, please visit www.FloridaTermiteHelp.org