Should I worry about termites?

Yes! If you are a property owner in West Florida, you should worry about termites. These destructive wood-eating pests can cause major damage to the wood in your home. This damage may even affect the structural integrity of your home. Termite damage can be expensive to repair and although it is surprising to many, most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover termite damage.

Because termite activity may be happening without you realizing it, termites can be tricky to spot until after the damage is underway. Some termites enter your home through wood to ground contact and live in large underground colonies in the soil near your home. These subterranean termites build mud tubes to use as passageways between your home’s wood and their extensive nests below the soil. If you walk around the perimeter of your home and see these mud tubes, it’s time to take action. Drywood termites, on the other hand, live inside the wood they infest, carving out galleries by eating the wood inside flooring planks, windowsills, door frames, eaves, and other window and roofing architectural features. Sometimes, drywood termites even make their way into furniture.

Instead of simply worrying about termites in your Pinellas County home, it is important to take preventive action against termite activity in your home. Protect your greatest investment – your home – from the destructive activities of termites. Contact a professional pest control company with licensed and certified technicians, such as Pestwise, to schedule a free termite inspection. Starting with a thorough termite inspection, we will determine if there is an active termite infestation and if so, we will make recommendations for treatment based on the type of termite that is infesting your home. Depending on the location of the drywood termites in your home, tent fumigation or a no-tent solution may be necessary. Subterranean termites are treated with a baiting system or a traditional liquid treatment depending on the type of structure, the level of infestation, and the location of the infestation in the structure. Pestwise offers programs to protect your property from all pest invaders, all year long.

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