Friday, April 13, 2012

Central Florida Termite Control

The National Pest Management Association estimates that termites cause $5 billion in damage a year across the country. In Central Florida, the native subterranean usually swarms in February and March, during the day and usually after a rain. The Formosan subterranean, an invasive species referred to as a super termite, swarms on hot, humid evenings from April through May The drywood termite, which lives above ground and doesn't need moisture but is not as prevalent as the subterranean, swarms in the evenings in May and June.

The Florida Department of Agriculture, which oversees pest control operators, recommends that every home have a termite contract, preferably one with coverage that pays for any retreatments or repairs that may be required and covers subterranean and drywood termites.

Building codes throughout the Orlando area including, Winter Springs, Casselberry, Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Maitland, Lake Mary, Sanford, Apopka and Winter Park require that a home be treated before a slab is poured, either with chemicals in the ground or bait stations in the topsoil for subterranean termites, but it's up to the homeowner to extend that initial protection with something such as a termite contract.

When purchasing a previously owned home, the buyer should ask the seller for an active, assumable termite contract with a guarantee to keep the house termite-free or to re-treat and repair any damage. If such a contract isn't in force at the time of the sale, the buyer should require a termite inspection and some form of treatment, along with a new contract.

If you are unfortunate enough to have discovered termites then you have to get them treated. There are a few different methods in achieving this but by far the best is using a non-repellant chemical barrier. A non repellant barrier has the advantage of allowing the termites to move back and forth through the barrier as they can't detect it's there and pick up a lethal dose which will either kill them or be taken back and passed around the colony.

The one thing you should remember about termites is that they are resistant. Because of this, it's next to impossible for residential or commercial facilities to successfully control termites in the long run. If you do succeed in removing them from one spot they will appear somewhere else. As a colony they have invested too much time, sometimes years in establishing themselves and finding a massive food source (your home or office) to just retreat. They will find other ways into your house.
For more information about residential and commercial pest control, including termite control, contact Miller Enviro-Care.

Miller Enviro-Care has over 30 years of combined experience in Pest Prevention, Termite Protection, Irrigation Systems, Sod Supply and Lawn Care Solutions. Based in Oviedo, we are in business to protect the health, food, property and quality of our environment for customers throughout the Orlando area including, but not limited to Winter Springs, Casselberry, Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Maitland, Lake Mary, Sanford, Apopka and Winter Park.

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