Termite Control – South Florida

Termite Control

Petri is fully equipped and ready to take care of any termite problems that may arise at your home or business. Termites cause well over a billion dollars in damage each year nationwide, which is more than fires, earthquakes, and storms combined. In South Florida, the two termite species encountered the most are the subterranean termite and the drywood termite. While both termites are destructive to wood, each is treated very differently.

Treatment Methods

Petri offers two treatment methods for subterranean termites, including Formosan subterranean termites, a larger more destructive species that has been on the rise in South Florida for several years: The first method is the Sentricon Colony Elimination System, which was the pioneer in termite baiting systems. In recent years this system has been greatly enhanced with the introduction of the Always Active system for more immediate colony elimination. The second approach is the conventional method of subterranean termite treatment, which under some circumstances may be the recommended approach. This treatment is “conventional” in that the application methods are proven and have been used effectively in the past and continue to be used today throughout the world. This includes drilling, trenching, rodding, and application of one of the top liquid products available today at the foundation and points of entry around the structure.

Both treatment methods are effective at controlling and eliminating subterranean termite problems. Determining which method to use is often based on the type of structure being treated as well as the customer’s preference.

For treatment of drywood termites, Petri offers both tent fumigation and “no tent” termite solutions. Tent fumigation may still be necessary for those structures that are infested in many areas and when access to all of these areas for direct treatment is not possible. With the advanced technology of termite detection devices, treatment equipment, and improved product efficacy localized treatments are on the rise at Petri.

Subterranean Termites

They cause more structural damage each year than fires, earthquakes, and storms combined. These termites live in colonies in the soil and build mud tubes from their nests to wood in structures. The colonies are composed of workers, soldiers, reproductives, and supplemental reproductives. The workers are a pale yellowish-white color and are the ones that feed on the wood and cause all the damage. The reproductives swarm each year, usually in the Spring, once the colony has reached a mature stage. The reproductives are black in color, have a thick waist, straight antennae, with two pairs of wings that are the same in length. Whether it be eastern or southeastern subterranean termites or the more aggressive and damaging Formosan termite species, control is best achieved by treating the soil directly or by installing the new “Always Active” Sentricon Colony Elimination System by Dow AgroSciences.

Drywood Termites

Colonies of these termites are found entirely within wood in structures. They do not require soil contact or moisture for survival so they do not make mud tubes. Swarmers are usually light brown in color and will swarm from the Spring to the Fall normally. This swarming usually takes place in the evening hours. Two distinct treatment options are offered for drywood termites as well. For more widespread infestations, where there are multiple colonies and the location of all the colonies cannot be determined, tent fumigation is the best choice for elimination of termites. In those cases where the infestation appears to be isolated to one or two identifiable areas such as a door frame or baseboard, Petri’s “No Tent” spot treatment method may be the best option. In many cases a combination of tent fumigation to eliminate an existing problem followed by a preventative treatment of the attic is the best approach to protect your home or structure from drywood termites.