Termite Control in Orlando, FL
Every year, termites cause around $2 billion in damage in the United States. That’s more than tornadoes, windstorms, and hurricanes combined. For Orlando homeowners, that can translate into thousands of dollars in repair bills.
Termites, the Invisible Invaders
Termite infestations often go unnoticed. They nibble away from the inside, often feasting on important structural parts of the home.
Over time, termites can destroy a home. Orlando homeowners should be particularly watchful for signs of termite damage since the dreaded Formosan termite species is found throughout the city.
Fully Customized Treatment Plans: Safe for Your Home, Pets & Family
Turner Pest Control’s termite plans begin with a complete termite inspection. Only after a comprehensive report is assembled are we able to recommend a customized treatment plan that’s right for your home and your budget.
We offer three termite treatment levels:
- Premise. Our most economical option.
- Termidor. Longer, more extended protection.
- Altriset. Our greenest treatment.
Prevent Infestations Before They Start
At Turner Pest Control, we believe in preventing infestations before they can begin. That means treating the soil around your home, as well as the areas around pipe penetrations and bath traps. Spot treating for termites is not a comprehensive plan for termite control and extermination. Without attention to prevention in these areas and more, you are not receiving complete termite protection.
Turner Pest Control Protects Orlando Homes from Termites
In Orlando, where the Formosan termite is prevalent, it’s essential that a treatment and prevention plan include attention to the following areas:
- Foundation cracks. Termites don’t eat through concrete, but they can fit through incredibly small cracks (as small as 1/32 of an inch) in your foundation as they make their way into your home.
- Plumbing entry points. The wood forms used when pouring concrete can provide food and nesting sites for termites if they were not removed during construction.
- Above-slab patios and room additions. These areas of your home can harbor termites that often go undetected. That’s because many construction methods leave soil levels which are higher than desirable. That means termites have a direct ‘on-ramp’ into your home from the soil.
For homes in Orlando, we use soil treatment rather than termite bait systems. It’s a technique based on prevention: eradicate termites and their colonies before they can enter your home and gain a foothold.
The added benefit of soil treatments for Orlando homeowners are that they are faster — more than 10X faster than baiting techniques!
Types of Termites in Orlando
- Formosan termites. These underground termites are by far the most aggressive termite species found in the United States. According to the University of Florida, Coptotermes formosanus, as they’re known in the scientific world, are heavily prevalent in and around Orlando.
- Eastern subterranean termites. They are far less destructive than the Formosan variety, but are so widespread they cause more damage, overall.
- Drywood termites. Found in Orlando and throughout Florida, these creatures often travel in furniture that’s moving across the country. In a constantly changing metropolis like Orlando, that can be a major problem. These termites don’t need soil or much moisture to survive, either, so hardwood floors are particularly susceptible to damage from drywood termites.
Termite Facts Every Homeowner Should Know
Everyone knows termites love to eat wood. But did you know they prefer their wood to be wet? Even better if it’s moldy! It’s yet another reason homeowners should be on the lookout for mold in their homes. And in a humid, semi-tropical climate like we have here in Orlando, homeowners need to be extra careful when it comes to mold.
Here are a few more termite facts you should know if you own a home in the Orlando area:
- Termites live in colonies, so if you see a few in or around your home, there are others nearby.
- Some Formosan colonies can be enormous, containing millions of termites! Other types of subterranean termites have far fewer members: closer to several hundred thousand termites in each colony.
- Queen termites can live up to 50 years, producing eggs the whole time.
Want to know more about termites in Orlando and how you can protect your home? Turner Pest Control has answers, advice, and solutions.
Orlando Termite Control FAQ
With so many different types of pests in the Orlando area, it’s not easy for most homeowners to easily identify all of the flying and crawling insects without the help of a pest control pro. Even if you don’t know what termites look like, however, there are ways you can spot termites in your home. Contact us for termite control service if you see any of the following:
- Mud tubes where your house touches the ground or in other structures or trees on your property. These are signs of subterranean termites, including the highly destructive Formosan termites.
- Long grooves of damage to wood, left by termites that eat through the wood searching for food. Wood may also be hollowed out.
- Blistered areas on wood floors, which may be caused by subterranean termites eating the subfloor.
- Termite wings near entry points into your home. When termites swarm, they discard their wings when they land.
- Termite droppings, which may look like tiny pellets. These may be left behind by drywood termites.
There are three major types of termites: dampwood, drywood, and subterranean. These names are very descriptive: dampwood termites like damp or wet wood; drywood termites eat very dry wood; and subterranean termites live on and/or below the soil. If you believe your Orlando home has termites, our trained technicians can identify the type you have and recommend the best treatment.
Termites eat cellulose, which is the main “ingredient” in the walls of plant cells and vegetable fibers. Cellulose can be found in both natural and manmade materials, including sheetrock paper, fabrics, insulation, newspaper, cardboard, wood, plastics, wallpaper, boxes, carpet backing, foam, plants, and more.
Although the exterior of your home may not be clad with wood, wood is likely to have been used somewhere in your home’s construction. Stucco homes are built over a wooden frame and concrete block and bricks homes can have wooden sheetrock furring strips, subfloors, roof trusses, load-bearing walls and more.
The most important thing to remember about termite prevention is that they will be attracted to moisture in and around your home. Think about how you can lower the humidity in your attic and/or crawl space; direct the flow of water away from the foundation of your house; and repair any leaky faucets and pipes to reduce moisture outside of your home. Also look for old wood form boards near your home, and get rid of tree stumps entirely. The best form of prevention is vigilance: Inspect your home several times a year for signs of termite activity.
Do-it-yourself termite extermination products are available on the market, but considering that there may be thousands of dollars in damage at stake, it’s never a good idea to tackle termites on your own. A professional pest control technician has access to the most effective products and has the knowledge to apply them properly and safely. Termite control experts know where to look for hidden termites, identify the specific type you have, and use a combination of methods to eradicate them. If you’re considering a DIY termite solution, contact us first—we offer a no-obligation inspection at absolutely no cost to you. Call us at 407-675-5000 or complete the form at right to schedule your appointment.
We have comprehensive termite control services that go beyond minimum treatment specifications. Our customers may choose from three types of treatment, including our economical Premise option; Altriset, our environmentally friendly treatment; and the Termidor HP High Precision Injection System, our premium, high-tech solution. For the greatest peace of mind, we also offer our TurnerGuard all-in-one termite and pest control plan, which includes a lifetime warranty and guaranteed satisfaction.