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About WDOs and Fumigation

Several pests eat wood or damage it other ways, such as boring through it to build nests. These pests are referred to as wood destroying organisms. They can cause significant destruction to homes and other buildings, but the damage isn't always obvious to the naked eye. Most of the time, it takes experts to identify and eradicate pest problems, and fumigation may be the best solution in serious cases.

Common WDOs in Florida

Florida is home to numerous WDOs, including termites, carpenter ants and beetles. There are several species of each, and they behave differently.

The two main species of termites are subterranean and drywood, and wood is their primary source of food. They have straight antenna and two pairs of wings that are equal in length. The most damaging type of subterranean termite is the Formosan. They can grow into colonies with millions of termites, so they can destroy wood faster than other subterranean species. Formosan termites build their colonies underground and use mud tubes to travel into buildings through wood that touches the ground. Drywood termites, however, prefer dry types of wood and build their colonies inside of it.

Although carpenter ants don't eat wood, they burrow and build their nests in it. They have differentiating traits from termites, including wings that are different lengths, bent antenna and cinched waistlines. Carpenter ants are attracted to moisture, so rotting wood is the perfect environment.

You might not think so, but some beetle species are harmful. Powderpost beetles are small insects with small heads and elongated bodies. They lay eggs on or just below the surface of soft or hard woods. Upon hatching, the larvae eats the food, tunneling toward the surface for up to five years. In homes and business, they often affect door frames, floors, furniture, molding, paneling and planks.


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Fumigating WDOs

Beetles, carpenter ants and drywood termites can make their way into hard-to-reach places within your property. Sometimes the infestation is so deep and severe that fumigation is the best option to completely eliminate the pests.

For a fumigation, you must leave your property for up to three days, taking your pets and food too. Pest professionals can help you prepare the interior and exterior. Then, they'll create a tent around your property with tarps. When they release the fumigant, it will circulate throughout the property, reaching all crevices and cracks. The gas depletes the pests' oxygen to kill them.

The pest experts will remove the tarps after sufficient fumigant exposure to the pests. At least six hours later, the fumigant will be completely dispersed into the air. However, the professionals will test every room of your property to make sure that it's safe for you to reenter.

Do You Need Fumigation?

Fumigation isn't the best option for all WDO exterminations. Contact B&B Exterminating and let our team inspect your property and recommend the best course of action based on the extent of your pest problem.

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