Termite Control in Naples, FL

Subterranean Termites

Soldier termiteNo one likes having pests in the house. However, there are few pests that can make homeowners cringe like termites. This is because termites are not just unpleasant. It is not even the fact that pests are unsanitary. Instead, the problem is that termites can actively destroy your home, robbing it of its integrity and value from the inside out.

When you look at a termite, it can be hard to imagine the damage it can cause. Termites actually look a lot like ants, which can make it difficult for homeowners to identify the risk. However, termites are thicker than ants, and the wings are all the same size. Ants, by contrast, are narrow at the waist, and they have two sets of wings that are different sizes. One of the most notable differences is in the antennae. Ants have bent antennae, but termites will have antennae that are very straight.

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Ants

  • Narrow waists
  • Bent antennae
  • Two sets of wings (one wing is longer than the other)

Termite

  • Thick waists
  • Straight antennae
  • Two sets of wings (same size)

Even with this description, termites can still be hard to find in your home or business. This is largely due to the fact that termites do not generally live in exposed areas. Instead, termites like dark areas, and some species prefer the damp. For these reasons, termites often make themselves at home in your walls or your attic. They may also infest the floors, cupboards, decks or any other wooden structures on the property.

Once termites take up residence, their appetites spiral out of control. It is estimated that termites cause $2 billion in damage each year. For a homeowner, this kind of damage can be financially untenable. That is not even the biggest problem. The fact is that termites can cause severe structural damage to your home. This can be costly to fix, and it can seriously impede the quality of your life. All of this is made worse because termite damage often starts out small and hard to find. By the time most people see visible signs of damage, the problem is advanced and much harder to fix.

Termites can spread to your home without warning, but it is important to realize what draws these pests to your property. Termites are known for their affinity for wood, which is why exposed wooden structures are always the most vulnerable. Homeowners can take some preventative measures to decrease their risk of an infestation. It is a good idea to never have wood stored near your home, and wood chips are not the best choice for flower beds near the foundation of your home. However, even these measures cannot prevent problems. Termites can spread quickly from one home to another. Therefore, if other homes in the area have reports of termites, then it is best to take preemptive action sooner rather than later.

This is why you should call Dame Pest Control the instant termites become a factor in your neighborhood. Dame Pest Control has extensive experience with termites. The Advance Termite Bait System is an excellent choice because it keeps the termites from molting. When termites cannot molt, they quickly die. This effect rapidly spreads through the colony, eventually leading to total eradication. With this treatment, you get effective results that are also safe. There is no drilling into the foundation of the home, and dangerous chemicals are avoided.

For termites or any other pests, contact Dame Pest Control.