Jul 182011

Pest Control of Tampa has a staff of experts on getting rid of your termite (and other pest control) problems. As your local termite exterminator, we are able to identify the type of termites you are dealing with then quickly and efficiently get rid of them.

Tampa Termite Control: Drywood Termites

Termite Control TampaDrywood Termites live in dry wood and therefore can be found in everything from wooden rocking chairs and bookshelves to hardwood flooring or walls. Of the hundreds of drywood termite species, only a handful are found in the United States.

One subspecies of the Drywood Termite is the Powderpost termite which is commonly found in the southeastern and middle parts of North America. The common name for this type is the furniture termite because they will build their nests within furniture. Western Drywood Termites are another subspecies which mainly inhabit the western side of the United States.

Colonies of drywood termites tend to be relatively small in comparison to subterranean termites. However, the danger lies in that there can be multiple colonies within a single dwelling and rather than living in tubes and huts, drywood termites live in the wood itself and will tunnel along the grain of the wood. In addition, unlike subterranean termites, they do not require any contact with the soil in order to live.

Drywood termites begin by working in teams. A male and female pair of drywood termites will work their way into the wood chosen for the nest. The opening through which they enter the wood is sealed with a plug of brown cement-like material about 1/8-inch in diameter. They then excavate a chamber behind the plug where the queen lays the first eggs.

Drywood Termites can be found by their fecal pellets that are 6 sided and concave on each side. They will also leave behind a fine powdering of wood which resembles fine sawdust.

Pest Control of Tampa provides both termite removal and termite prevention to existing structures as well as pre-construction homes and businesses. Call us today to find out how you can protect your home or business today!


Jul 182011

As their name suggests, the Desert Subterranean Termite is hot, dry, desert areas of the United States. This means they are not likely to be found in the Tampa, Florida area. However, Pest Control of Tampa technicians maintain knowledge of pests throughout the United States. This allows them to be prepared when/if a foreign pest is introduced to the Tampa area.

Tampa Termite Control: Desert Subterranean Termites

tampa termite control desert subterranean termitesAs the only termites that can burrow and feed in dry conditions, Desert Subterranean Termites are found in areas of the United States with dry desert climates.  This tends to be New Mexico, Arizona, Western Texas, and Southern California.

Desert Subterranean Termites differ in appearance from other termites in that they have long slender mandibles instead of the normal stout wide mandibles seen in other species. In addition, the soldiers of the desert subterranean termites are much smaller allowing them to penetrate smaller cracks and openings than other termites.

When a home or business is infested with desert subterranean termites one will often see small mud tubes hanging from shelves, overhangs, wood ceilings, and such.  Their food of choice, like many other termites is the cellulose part of wood.

Pest Control of Tampa provides both termite removal and termite prevention.  Call us today to find out how you can protect your home!

Jul 182011

Pest Control of Tampa: brown recluse spiderHave you been seeing a lot of spiders in and around your home? Pest Control of Tampa will get rid of spiders inside your home and then we will place a barrier outside to keep them from coming back inside.

Call 813-775-4158 today to get an appointment with Pest Control of Tampa to rid your home of spiders.

Pest Control of Tampa: Brown Recluse Spiders

No species of recluse spiders are native to Florida. However, three species have been intercepted. These species are as follows:

  • Brown Recluse: Typically has a dark violin-shaped mark, although the color may vary. Has been found in the Florida counties of Alachua, Bay, Duval, Jefferson and Leon.
  • Mediterranean Recluse: Very similar in appearance to the brown recluse, but the violin mark is generally lighter in color and has parallel sides. Has been found in the Florida counties of Dade, Escambia, Orange and Osceola.
  • Chilean Recluse: Largest and most dangerous of the recluse species. The violin mark of this species is dark and wider in front than behind. Has only recently been found in Polk County, Florida.

In addition, recluse spiders have occasionally established populations in single buildings at scattered locations throughout Florida.   You can get more information on recluse spiders as well as other spiders of concern in Florida by going to the Florida DPI site here.

For all of your spider and other pest control solutions call Pest Control of Tampa!

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