Finding Out You Have Termites
Did you hear those dreaded words “You have subterranean termites!” or maybe you saw mud tubes on the outside or inside of your home and did some research online to realize you have subterranean termites? While this can be quite a distressing experience, we don’t want you to worry too much. We are here to guide you through the process and hold your hand to find the best in-ground treatment for subterranean termites in Wesley Chapel.
Subterranean Termites in Wesley Chapel
Unfortunately, both subterranean termites and drywood termites are present in Wesley Chapel. We are going to specifically discuss the subterranean termite, given these termites live in the ground and we are discussing the best in-ground treatment options.
The Coptotermes species, which include Formosan and Asian termites, and the Reticulitermes species, which include the Eastern subterranean termites, are the subterranean termites that are present in Wesley Chapel. Both species live in the ground and create very large colonies underneath the ground. When they breach the ground, they build mud tubes, which is one of the ways that humans detect a subterranean termite infestation.
The older neighborhoods in Wesley Chapel tend to have more subterranean activity, although all areas are susceptible. We highly recommend a prevention installation for your home so that you never have to worry about subterranean termites.
How do I Know if I have Subterranean Termites?
The most common signs of subterranean termites are the following:
- Mud tubes or tunnels on the inside or outside of your home. These are formed once the termite leaves the ground as protection for the colony. Unfortunately, this does mean that the colony is quite mature but not all hope is lost and treatment can be implemented quickly and effectively. Be sure to also keep an eye on sheds and other buildings on your property. Given a termite colony can stretch for a mile underground, the
- Hollow wood around your home. If you have some discarded wooden logs on your property and you tap them to find that they have a hollow sound, it may be infested with termites.
- Wings, normally on windowsills or near lights. Wings are transparent and seeing wings means it is time for an inspection as an infestation might be present.
- Check for bubbled paint. Subterranean termites can actually make their way behind the paint and up a wall. If something doesn’t look right, we recommend getting your place checked out by a professional.
How do I Prevent Subterranean Termites?
Installing an in-ground termite treatment is the best way to prevent termites. Sentricon is the baiting system that we recommend and we will review this further in the blog. Other ways to prevent subterranean termites include:
- Aim sprinklers away from the home so that you don’t have moisture near your home.
- Repair water leaks or taps that drip around your home.
- Ensure plant beds and mulch are not touching your home.
- Repair cracks and crevices in the foundation of your home.
- Do not move baiting stations that have been installed around your home.
- Get an annual inspection of your property with an expert provider, like Greenhouse.
What are the Treatment Options for Subterranean Termites?
The two most popular treatment options for subterranean termites are soil treatment and in-ground termite treatment baiting. Soil treatment is an effective form of treatment however it can be destructive to your yard when installed and is not as environmentally friendly as in-ground baiting. The best treatment option for subterranean termites in Wesley Chapel is Sentricon baiting stations.
Backed by years of research and award-winning, the Sentricon baiting system targets subterranean termites specifically, including the queen to ensure complete colony eradication. Bait stations are installed around your property to ensure your entire home is protected. You can sleep at night knowing your house is being guarded 24/7 from the threat of termites. Sentricon has also received numerous awards for being environmentally responsible – the only thing the bait affects is termites, not the environment.
Learn more about our termite treatment and prevention program.