Termite Control and Inspection Clearwater, FL & Surrounding Cities
Termites are one of the oldest and most resilient insect species on the planet and are extremely adaptable and tenacious in their work ethic. Termites play an important role in our ecosystem since they break down dead wood and decaying vegetation.
Unfortunately, termites are not welcome guests in your home. In the U.S., termites cause an estimated $5 billion in damages every year.
The average home suffers nearly $8,000 in damage before termites are detected. These sobering statistics remind us that the best termite strategy is prevention. The most common termites found in Florida are the drywood and subterranean varieties.
Termites are insects that destroy wood to gain nourishment and building materials. They can damage vital components inside your home including ceiling joists, floor supports, subfloors, and framing studs. Termites also enjoy eating through other materials like paneling, carpet, drywall, and furniture.
Termite problems are most commonly identified by:
- Sagging or buckling floors
- Discolored sheetrock on the walls or ceiling
- Loose floor tiles
- Sagging or bubbling in laminate floors
- Mud tunnels on the exterior of your home
- Wood that crumbles easily
- Small holes in the drywall
- Wood that sounds hollow when struck
Our Termite Inspection Process
recognizes that no two termite problems are the same. Our professional pest control experts will inspect the exterior of your home to locate the vulnerabilities termites exploit such as:
- Crevices and cracks in the foundation
- Drywall cracks
- Penetrations in exterior walls
- Access points in attics, eaves, doors, and windows
- Gaps in slab joints
After the inspection process is complete, we design a comprehensive plan to eradicate existing infestations and prevent future colonies from developing. Termite problems can be successfully resolved in every home regardless of age or construction materials.
Wood Destroying Organisms
There are ultimately two major reasons to have a WDO inspection done. You are buying a new home or you are concerned about termites destroying the inside of your walls. Most lenders require that you have a WDO inspection done prior to getting approval for a loan. A lender wants to receive a "clean" WDO report. What that means is there was no evidence of damaged wood or wood destroying organisms found by the inspector. Call us for more details.
Termite Control Treatments
At J.D. Smith, we have created a comprehensive termite control program that covers your home’s exterior, interior and foundation. We treat the hard to reach places like voids in the walls and moldings. In the interior of your home, we treat expansion joints, natural cracks, penetrations and active infestations. Exterior treatments include complete barrier around perimeter of the structure.
Termite problems require a full range of solutions including pre-treatment, prevention, and control for drywood and subterranean Termites. Our service includes the use of Termidor termite control systems. Termidor is a colorless, odorless liquid technology. Since termites are unaware of its presence, they ingest and share Termidor with other members of the colony. Active infestations are destroyed, and future colony growth is prevented with continuing treatments.
Call The Clearwater Area’s Termite Control Experts
Termites are aggressive and destructive. If you discover termites in your home, there is a good possibility they have already caused significant hidden damage. The professionals at J.D Smith have extensive experience in dealing with termites in Clearwater, FL, and the surrounding cities. Call today to arrange an appointment for a free termite assessment.
Since subterranean termites are common in Central Florida, we use a liquid Termidor treatment that is applied to foundation walls and the perimeter of your home. Termidor is virtually odor free and won’t cause any discomfort to you or your family. Termidor has unique properties that cause it to bind tightly with the surrounding soil. The actual composition of the soil is unchanged, so termites won’t avoid it. Many consumer-grade repellent products are easily detected by termites, so they simply create a pathway around the affected area.
Drywood termites are also found in Central Florida, and Termidor makes a granular product that is applied directly to vulnerable objects and structures that might be attractive to the pests. Termidor does not add any moisture to the wood like some competitor’s liquid termite products.
The Termidor Transfer Effect
The Termidor system includes the proprietary “Transfer Effect,” which means termites do not need to eat or even directly contact the product to die from it. In fact, termites only need to socialize with other members of the colony that have come in contact with Termidor. Termites that are exposed to the product accumulate it on or in their bodies. These are the carriers that spread the insecticide to the other members of the nest. The transfer is relatively easy since termites are social creatures that groom each other and share food.
While it is very effective at controlling termites and ants, Termidor has a negligible impact on the environment. The product is applied at doses that are substantially lower than most of the termite insecticides currently available. Termidor is water based and does not leach into the soil, so there is no damage to plants, worms, or micro-organisms.
Wood Destroying Organisms
A Wood Destroying Organism
Inspection Report is a written report of an inspection on a home for visible
and accessible evidence of an infestation or damage by wood destroying
. Usually this means subterranean or dry wood termites, but will
also cover wood destroying beetles and wood destroying fungi. WDO inspections
are required by certain lenders during the purchase of a new home or
refinance, but can also be requested from a homeowner as well for their
satisfaction. All of our WDO
Inspectors are licensed and insured to inspect/report
on wood destroying organisms. Our WDO inspections are done at a low cost, Call
us today for more details.
Schedule Termite Inspection and Control
Once the Termidor product has been applied, our trained pest control technicians will continue to inspect and monitor your property to detect any new termite activity. The inspection process helps to ensure that the barrier has not been disrupted by changes in your home or the surrounding landscape. With Termidor and J.D Smith, you can rest assured that termites will no longer target your home or property for colonization.
If you are looking for advanced termite and ant control in Clearwater and the surrounding area, call the professionals at J.D Smith. We provide long term and reliable pest control solutions with quality Termidor products.
At J.D. Smith, we use Termidor professional pest control products for eliminating subterranean termites, drywood termites, Formosan termites, and a variety of ant species. Termidor is an advanced undetectable liquid that termites and other insects cannot taste, sense, see or smell. When termites ingest or come in contact with Termidor, one of the best control products on the market, they transfer the product to other members of the colony, which helps destroy the entire infestation.