Your equity isn't the only thing at risk.

Your home isn't just walls and roof, it contains memories. It is where holiday gatherings happen. It is where you raise your children. If termites weaken your support beams and warp the structure of your house, it could make your home unlivable, and put in jeopardy all the things that are attached to those memories. Here is some information to keep your home safe from wood destroying termites in Florida.

Subterranean termites (Reticulitermes flavipes)

This destructive species of termite lives in the soil near manmade structures and build mud tubes up foundation walls to get at the wood. These mud tubes protect them from the drying effects of the sun as they feed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. These termites attracted to moist soil and decaying wood.

Detecting subterranean termites

Swarmers are the first and last sign that your home is in danger. When these termites come, they will come in a swarm and appear on the outside of your home. If you find swarmers on your inside walls, this is evidence of a mature colony already living inside your walls.  Termite swarms don't last long. Sometimes they will come and go without detection, but swarmers will shed their wings during this process and you will find these gossamer wings on your window sills and back deck.

The mud tubes that subterranean termites make can be found on exterior and interior walls. They will begin at the base of the home but can go all the way to attic spaces. If you have crawl spaces under your home, this is the perfect place to look for mud tubes.

Drywood termites (Incisitermes minor)

This type of termite is different because they don't need soil; they get their moisture from the wood they infest. So, they can infest your home without the telltale sign of mud tubes up your foundation walls. They are also able to infest a home from the air, making it harder to detect swarmers. This species is attracted to hardwood. If you have drywood termites in your home, antiques and other sensitive wooden items can be damaged.

Detecting drywood termites

It is common for these termites to live in window and door frames. These are a common entry point, and they are made of hardwood. If you have drywood termites, you should find kick out holes. These tiny holes are used by the termites to push their feces out of tunnels. Drywood termite feces are about the size of coffee grains and hard like pepper.

Hopefully, you will not detect these termites by the damage they do to hardwood products and wallpaper. 

Protect your home. Protect your memories.

If you have invested in a home and have spent time building memories, don't let termites take them away from you. Protect your home with termite control and protection from Hoffer Pest Solutions. We offer a million dollar termite damage guarantee and the most effective termite service available in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

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