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Termite Inspection Florida

Termite Inspection FloridaA termite inspection, or as it called by the State of Florida, Termite and Other Wood Destroying Organism Report (WDO Report) is required and at least strongly recommended when purchasing a home.
To provide a termite inspection, the termite inspector must have at least an ID card issued from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS). A unit of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is the Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control.  The Bureau’s Pest Control Section regulates the activities and  issues licenses to the pest management industry. Their authority is given through the Structural Pest Control Act, Chapter 482, Chapter 5E-14, Florida Administrative Code and Florida Statutes and the Associated Rules of the Department.
 Termite inspection ID cards are issued to State Certified Operators that are licensed in the category of  Termite and Other Wood Destroying Organisms, or licensed applicator/inspectors working under the State Certified Operators direction. These licensed applicator/inspectors must have additional training and sign an affidavit stating that they have had this training. Card holders are allowed to perform WDO inspections in Florida. Home Inspectors who do not possess one of these credentials may not perform a termite inspection Florida. Reynolds Pest Management, Inc. is properly licensed to do  a termite inspection Florida (WDO reports).

TERMITE INSPECTIONS FLORIDAFlorida is a great place for termites to flourish so it is important to do a termite inspection regularly. So what does a termite inspection, and other Wood Destroying Organism consist of; First of all, consumers need to know what the major types of termites and what are other wood destroying organisms. Basically, there are three different types of termites that are in Florida, and within those types are different species. But, really all you basically need to know is that a termite inspector will be looking for evidence of following three types:

Termite Inspection Identification

Subterranean Termite Inspection

termite control FloridaSubterranean termites are by far the most common termite found in Florida. Most subterranean termites live in the ground because they need an additional moisture source, and build mud tubes from the colony in to structures to find wood to consume. Since subterranean termites usually have a large colony when they invade a structure they usually cause damage pretty rapidly. Termite inspectors look for mud tubes, damaged wood, wings from swarmers to determine if you have subterranean termites. The good news is that this type of termite can be prevented.

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Drywood Termite Inspection

Drywood Termites- termite treatment FloridaDrywood termites obtain all the moisture they need from the wood itself. Therefore, prevention is difficult at best. Drywood termites are primarily found along coastal areas. Drywood termites swarm in the spring and summer months. They pair off and find a suitable wood source to start their colony.

Unlike subterranean termites, drywood termites start as a pair and so the damage is slower since it takes time for the colony to grow. Inspectors look for termite pellets, damaged wood, wings from swarmers to determine if you have drywood termites. Wings are usually found on or along window sills and near other light sources and have a prism color like effect when looking at them

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Dampwood Termitesdampwood termite

Dampwood termites as their name implies primarily live in dampwood. There are situations such as homes that are built on wood pilings that are in the water have needed treatment, but for most part the method of eliminating dampwood termites has been to get rid of the damp wood.

Dampwood termites require a high moisture content in wood, so usually they are not a problem in structures. If they are, the damp wood situation needs to be corrected.

Wood Boring Beetles

There are a variety of types of wood boring beetles that may infest seasoned wood in structure including furniture.  Below are images of  the major wood infesting  beetles such as the Anobiid powderpost beetle, Bostrichid powderpost beetle, Lyctid Powderpost Beetles, Old House Borer, and other less common species.

Wood Boring Beetles, termite inspectors

Credit: James Castner, University of Florida

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Wood Decay Fungus

There are different types of wood decay fungus or fungi. The most familiar types are brown rotsoft rot, and white rot (stringy, white bleached color). There are other types of fungi that discolor the wood, but do not cause damage. Wood decay fungi is a living organism that causes damage to wood.

Typically wood that is infected with wood decay fungi is also associated with some sort of moisture condition that is causing the wood to stay moist. Certain types of wood decay fungi like brown rot decay (Serpula lacrymanss), and Dry Rot (Poria incrassata) can extend itself in to areas that are not moist by creating strands or root like tubers to unaffected areas of wood.

wood rot, wood decay fungi, fungus

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Termite Inspection Company

Having a reliable termite inspection company perform your termite inspection is best. Reynolds Pest Management, Inc has been performing termite inspection services since 1991. With a strong reputation as the leading Termite Company in Florida, your termite inspection will be reliable when performed by Reynolds Pest.

Certified Termite Inspectors at Reynolds Pest Management, Inc are capable of identifying all signs of termites during an inspection, as well as identifying the location or source of termites.

Termite Inspection Tools

Termatrac Termite Detector, termite detectorInspection for termites requires different tools. Most important is a good flashlight. Along with that are a termite probe such as an extra long screwdriver, or similar probe, to tap wood surfaces to detect hollow areas, various ladders, knee pads for crawl spaces and attics, a hard hat, portable microscope or magnifying glass, moisture meter, a camera, graph paper, measuring tape and measuring  wheel, and evidence collection containers.

Some Companies employ high tech detection equipment such as the boro-scopes, interior wall cameras. We like to employ many of these tools, but our favorite is the Termatrac T3i. The Termatrac®T3i is the most advanced termite detection device in the world. With patented radar detection, a remote thermal sensor plus a pinpoint accurate moisture sensor, the 3-in-1 device is the ultimate tool for the professional pest management technician. Termite inspections are very important to have a safe and pest free home or office.

Annually, Reynolds Pest Management, Inc. routinely inspects their termite customer’s homes and businesses to ensure a termite free environment for them. Having a termite inspection performed every year will help prevent termite infesting or termites damaging your home.  Also, a termite inspection could save the home-owner a significant amount of money in repairs by identifying problems early! Catching a termite infestation early is key to minimizing the damage and costs. Reynolds Pest Management, Inc, encourages Florida home-owners to request an inspection annually. High quality customer relations is our highest priority when we come to your home or business, and you can have peace of mind knowing that your interests will be well represented.

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