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Termite Control


WE OFFER A VARIETY OF TREATMENT METHODS TO CONTROL ALL TYPES OF TERMITES INCLUDING:

  • Tent fumigation
  • Exterior barrier treatments
  • Whole house Liquid treatments
  • Below house Injections
  • Spot treatments

Ask for a free inspection to see which treatment is best to control your problem.

TERMITE WARNING SIGNS & IDENTIFICATION


Some indications you may have a termite infestation:

  • A temporary swarm of winged insects in your home or from the soil around your home.
  • Any cracked or bubbling paint or frass (termite droppings).
  • Wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Mud tubes on exterior walls, wooden beams or in crawl spaces.
  • Discarded wings from swarmers.

Termites are often called the “silent destroyer” because they may be secretly hiding and thriving in your home or yard without any immediate signs of damage. All termites consume cellulose-based plant materials. Unfortunately, all homes, regardless of their construction type, can provide cellulose food for termite infestation.

Termites are detritivores or detritus feeders. They feed on dead plants and trees as well as dead parts of living trees, including wood and wood in the soil. A termite’s mouth is capable of tearing pieces of woody material. This ability is what causes concern in human dwellings: while termite workers only measure approximately 1 cm to a few millimeters in length, their feeding habits are capable of causing costly damage to property. House foundations, furniture, shelves and even books are all possible feeding sites for termites.

 

DRYWOOD TERMITES


  • Appearance: Up to one-half inch long. There are no workers in the colony of dry wood termites.
  • Diet: Wood & other cellulose material.
  • Habits: Found in all areas of the home. They need very little moisture. Colonies spread from home to home by swarming an can cause serious structural damage if left untreated. Sawdust-like pellets are a distinct sign of possible termite infestation. Colonies can contain up to several thousand members. Peak swarming season is generally May through September.

Solution: Tent fumigation using Vikane gas, Borate spot treatments.

SUBTERRANEAN TERMITES


    • Appearance: Most common species are the Florida Subterranean species. The Hagonites subterranean and Formosaen. Formosaens have been found from North Hallendale to Aventura and are highly destructive. The more common Florida species are found throughout Dade and Broward Counties with the Hagonites being more common in the Florida Keys. Less than one-half inch long. Subterranean termites have both “workers & soldiers” in the colony. Workers are about one-fourth of an inch long with no wings and a very light color. Soldiers have an elongated head with mandibles or “pinchers.”
    • Diet: Wood & other cellulose material.
    • Habits: Depends on moisture for survival. Colonies live underground & build tunnels in search of food. They can reach food above the ground by building mud tunnels. One queen can lay thousands of eggs with colonies containing up to 1,000,000 members.

Solution: Liquid treatment with Termidor Liquid injection system and exterior perimeter baiting systems depending on the severity of the problem and the species found.

TERMITE FACTS & TIPS FOR HOMEOWNERS


  • Termites are attracted to high moisture areas such as basements & crawl spaces. Sometimes these areas serves as the “starting” point for termite infestations. They need the moisture to survive and do not like the sunlight and open air areas.
  • Termites will infest any part of the home that has wood, roofs, trusses, wood siding & trim. They can even infest items inside the home such as wood furniture, picture frames & doors.
  • Termites never take a rest, they work 24 hours a day & can travel over 100 feet from their colonies to find food.
  • Remove dead stumps, fire wood and scrap piles from the yard.
  • Keep trees & bushes trimmed away from the house.
  • Keep your house in good condition & repair any rotted wood immediately.
  • Correct any moisture problems around the house. Caulk around the outside of windows frames, door frames and water pipes.

Shield Pest Control
27340 S Dixie Hwy
Homestead, FL 33032
Phone: (305) 247-1771
Fax: (305) 247-8890