Tenting or Spot Treatments? Termite Advice from South Florida Expert
Updated: Mar 6
It was an action-packed episode in our West Palm Beach studio at 850 WFTL this past weekend, complete with the owner of Gulfstream Termite & Environmental Service giving expert termite advice. We're busting bugs NOW with Your Detective of the Air!
During last week's show, Tom M. from Imperial Point called in about a termite problem and asked whether Steve recommended spot treatments v. tenting the whole house. Tom's current "bug guy" quoted him $1400 just for his front door. With other listeners also inquiring, Steve followed up with an expert's professional opinion. Enter Jeffrey Freebold, owner of Gulfstream Termite & Environmental Services in West Palm Beach.
"With spot treatments, you're just gonna pay particular where the activity is at. What you're gonna do is isolate the area and spot treat around there."
Mr. Freebold went on to explain there are two kinds of termites in South Florida... Drywood variety or Subterranean variety that come out of the ground.
"Generally, after 3, 4, or 5 years they'll start swarming as a mature colony, and once you see them come out on the wings on them, they can reinfest any art of the house."
At that point, Mr. Freebold's advice was to fumigate the house as the best option unless you're in a duplex or apartment complex and you're forced to spot treat.
However, homeowners can't really fumigate subterranean termites since their colonies exist underground.
Mr. Freebold also mentioned how Broward County currently has a problem around the New River area with termites hunting the moisture in the air.
"Subterranean [termites] can do substantial damage in very little time."
Our Detective of the Air also clarified with Mr. Freebold that you can usually tell the type of termites in the house by the type of wings & droppings left around the house, but it helps to have an expert to properly identify them.
Another helpful hint from our termite expert was for anyone considering remodeling or building a new home.
"If you're gonna do construction, make sure you use that Bluwood and put it in your house."
BluWood is a preconstruction, factory-applied, two-part wood protection system. BluWood contains DOT and is applied to protect the wood from fungus and wood-destroying insects, including Formosan termites.
We also discovered that according to state law, you get a one-year warranty after you fumigate your home.
And for those of you worried about how the gas might affect your family afterward? Fear not, since it's an inhalant, there is no residual leftover once you air out the house. Your pest control provider brings out a gas meter to make sure they clear the structure of any toxic levels- you don't have to prep or wash anything- so you can rest assured you and your pets are SAFE!
If you're looking for more expert advice with termite season three weeks away, you can find out more at www.gulfstreambugs.com or call 877-BUG-WISE!
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Until next time...