Termite damage to residential and commercial buildings in the U.S. costs more than all natural disasters (fires, floods, earthquakes and hurricanes) combined each year. Subterranean termites, the most destructive of all termite species, account for a majority of the damage. The subterranean termite species Coptotermes formosanus (Formosan), and Reticulitermes flavipes and R.virginicus (Eastern Subterranean) are present throughout all of Florida. These subterranean termites continuously forage for food and water. If they encounter your home or building foundation while foraging , termites will follow any crack or crevice with an opening 1/32 of an inch wide into the interior areas of the structure. Once inside, the termites will seek a source of food which may consist of the following: lumber, wood panels, flooring, sheetrock, wallpaper, plastics, paper products, and some fabrics.
Subterranean Termites live and travel in the soil beneath our homes, even the most well-kept homes are vulnerable to an infestation. The best way to ensure your home remains Termite-free is to hire a licensed and trained pest professional who will protect your home using the most effective products available. If Termites are infesting one structure in a neighborhood, the whole neighborhood may be at risk. This map illustrates the areas that are more prone to termite infestations based on termite activity levels. As you can see by the Termite Infestation Probability Map (Tip Zone Map) created by the International Residential Code below, all of Florida is considered to be “very heavy “risk area.
The most serious and costly problems occur when termites attack the structural wood inside the structure. This activity may go unnoticed until structural damage results. Buggin Out trained termite technicians provide complete inspections for residential and commercial properties for the detection of present or past termite activity, current conducive conditions within or outside the structure termites seek out, and potential entry areas. Buggin Out offers two main types of structural treatments for existing termite activity and preventive termite treatments if no current activity exists.