Formosan and Asian Termites are Spreading Through South Florida and the Rest of the Southeast

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pest controlPest control is something that every homeowner should be aware of. Especially here in Florida, where we have a history of nasty invasive species wreaking havoc on our homes and local ecosystems. Right now, there are two non-native species of termites that are spreading throughout the state of Florida and destroying property at a rapid speeds.

According to the Sun Sentinel, despite the ground floor of Chris Ellis’ South Florida home being beautiful, the upstairs has been totally destroyed by termite damage.

“I have no upstairs at all,” said Ellis. “Two bedrooms are gone. The floors are gone. I’ve never seen anything so destructive.”

The Formosan termite and the Asian termite, two voracious types of wood-eating pests, will make their way into the homes of many South Florida residents. According to research scientists at the University of Florida, the Formosan and Asian termites arrived over the last few decades and have spread “exponentially” throughout the state.

“I didn’t realize this little bug could be so destructive,” Ellis added.

The damage that termites cause ends up costing homeowners thousands of dollars. According to the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA), Americans spend more than $1 billion on Formosan termite control every single year. A person who discovers termite damage in their home will have to spend, on average, $3,000 to repair everything.

One of the best termite pest control methods you can practice as a homeowner is to make sure no piles of wood, rotten logs, and stumps or debris are in close proximity to your home. Termites eat through wood and swarm near broken down areas, so removing these potential hot spots for these pests can help you limit the damage to your home. In the same way that removing standing water will help stop mosquitos from breeding, removing wood piles will force termites to look elsewhere for a free meal.

Make sure to keep firewood and other wood piles at least 20 feet away from your home and five inches off the ground. Termites can thrive in your backyard while chowing down on firewood, then enter your home if you’re not careful. If you see little patches of sawdust suddenly appearing under wooden structures in or around your home, you almost certainly have a termite problem.

The best way to prevent termite damage from occurring is to hire a professional exterminator who’s experienced in bug guard and pest control methods. If you’re in need of an experienced exterminator in Tallahassee, contact Dixon Pest Services today and fight back against termites and all other kinds of damaging pests.

Rasberry Crazy Ants are Swarming by the Millions and Affecting Homes Across the Southeast

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rasberry crazy antsSoutheast exterminators are issuing a warning for homeowners across the southeast to watch out for a new type of ant.

Rasberry Crazy Ants are swarming by the billions and are affecting homes all over the country. Texas exterminators first discovered this invasive South American species of ant in 2002, but their numbers have grown significantly since then. Rasberry Crazy Ants have been spotted in Georgia and the Carolinas so far.

“These will be the dominant ant,” said exterminator Brandon Johnson. “And the threat they pose to us is they can virtually live in anything, anywhere.”

According to WCNC, there is nothing a person can purchase to prevent these ants from multiplying in your home. Although they do not bite or sting, Rasberry Crazy Ants will get into food and could be a serious fire hazard if they swarm around a home’s electrical equipment. That’s because crazy ants really have earned their nickname.

“What we need to worry about is the electrical panels being shorted out by these massive numbers,” Johnson added. “We don’t know why, but they are attracted to electricity fields.”

The best method of preventing these ants from multiplying and essentially taking over your home is to work with an experienced and professional exterminator who can perform pretreatment methods. Once they get inside your home, it’s much more difficult to get them out.

“We can take action to start killing them initially,” said Johnson, “but the thing is these have large populations. So as they continue dying, you’ll be cleaning up.”

Homeowners in the south should have plenty of experience already dealing with fire ants, which require fast action. Pest control should be a serious concern for any homeowner, especially now that there’s a new invasive species of insect on the loose. These small, seemingly harmless bugs can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home. Every year, various types of pests cause approximately $30 billion in damage to manmade structures and crops in the United States.

Termites cause some of the most damage of all pests. Every year, termites damage around 600,000 homes, and people spend more than $5 billion a year to repair termite damage.

Hiring professionals who can offer quality bug guard services and other pest control methods can help prevent your backyard, frontward, and entire home from being destroyed.

Dixon Pest Services, Inc.1706 Capital Circle NE
Tallahassee, FL 32308