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Termite control is vital in the state of Florida. It is far more desirable to have a preventive treatment as opposed to a corrective one. In other words, don’t wait until your home or business sustains termite damage before taking action. Subterranean termites are not the only species that threatens our state. The invasive Formosan termite continues to spread throughout Florida. Service calls for these super destructive insects are on the rise.

The best termite treatment

Termidor remains king of the termiticide industry. We use Termidor termiticide exclusively for all our post-construction treatments. This is because Termidor continues to perform as the industry’s top product when it comes to complete termite eradication. Termidor is the only termiticide that you should consider using when protecting your home or business. This includes both preventative treatments, or corrective ones when termite damage is present.

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The University of Florida entomology department recommends that all structures in Florida be inspected for termite activity once every year. Our subterranean termite program includes annual inspections.  We also offer WDO (wood destroying organisms) inspections and reports for both residential and commercial sales.


Can termites still invade a structure on a treeless property?

The short answer is yes, they can. Here’s the simple reason – termite swarmers. Termite swarmers are the winged reproductives of termites. When they decide conditions are suitable to swarm, which is usually during the wintertime after rain, these winged termites fly off in search of new colonies to create. If a termite swarmer happens to fly into a neighborhood without trees, it’s all the more reason for them to infest your home since they have nothing else to feed on.

When winged termites are in flight they can end up anywhere. They don’t have ‘built-in’ sensor organs that lead them to the forest. The wind can also play a role in the direction they head. When the winged termite land, the next step is to set up a colony. They don’t simply ‘give up’ if they arrive on a lot that has no trees. Their survival instincts are much more powerful than that.

Are termites common in Florida?

Yes, they are. No structure in the state of Florida is immune to a termite infestation.


Does my house or business need preventive treatment?

Yes, any structure in the state of Florida needs a termite treatment.

What is a termite swarmer?

Simply put, a termite swarmer is the winged reproductive life stage of termites. Their sole purpose is to build new termite colonies.

Are they flying ants or termite swarmers?

Ants have segmented bodies while the termite’s body appears fused. Also, the antennas are a dead giveaway, the termites are straight while the ants are elbowed. Termite wings are also twice as long as their bodies. In my own personal experience, a termite swarmer infestation is much heavier and more dramatic than a group of flying ants.

How often do termite swarms occur?

Usually once as the year during the winter months, especially after a rain. This is, however, not set in stone and a termite colony can swarm any time of the year. Also, just because you’re not seeing evidence of termite swarmers in or around your home doesn’t mean that you are termite free. Colonies may go for many years without swarming.

How do termites enter my home?

Termites build shelter tubes up a foundation or across other surfaces to gain access to wood (cellulose) which is their food. Termites build these tubes out of particles of soil and their feces. They use these tubes to bring particles from their damp underground environment with them. They can’t live exposed to the outside elements for very long.

Any building, whether constructed with a slab, basement or crawl space foundation is targeted and in need of termite control. Termites can find their way into a structure through an opening as small as 1/32 of an inch and also enter through cracks, expansion joints, hollow bricks, or concrete blocks around the plumbing. One very important aspect of termite control is having a basic idea of construction and knowing where the termites are entering.

What termiticide(s) do you use on your termite treatments?

Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control uses Termidor 100% exclusively for all post and correct termite treatments. Conventional liquid treatment with the industries leading termiticide known as Termidor has been the most reliable method of treatment over the past decade.

By applying a liquid barrier of Termidor around the structure’s foundation or around the tiers of the crawl space, subterranean termites unknowingly cross over the non-repellent termiticide. Once they have come in contact with the product they spread it to the other termites which eventually reaches the queen. Once the queen dies,100% termite control results. This treatment provides five years of protection against subterranean termite infestations.

Is a structure is safe from termites when built from steel support beams, block, or brick instead of wood?

No, no structure in the state of Florida is completely safe from termites. Even though a structure has steel support beams or is made from block or brick, there is still wood along the baseboard from the inside of the structure. The beams that support the attic are still often made of wood. As we all know, the roof is one of the most important parts of any structure.

Besides getting a termite treatment, what can I do as a homeowner to protect my house from termites?

Here are steps a homeowner can take in protecting their home from subterranean termite infestations.

  • Make sure your home is inspected by a professional for termites once a year.
  • Fix any leaking plumbing
  • Use stone around your house instead of mulch or wood chips
  • Position condensation from air conditioning units to flow well away from the foundation of the structure.
  • Be sure water from gutters is flowing well away from the foundation of the house and do the same for garden hoses.
  • Never store firewood up against the foundation of the structure.

Do you use bait stations?

No, we do not. The reason is that they simply have too many faults and can produce a false sense of security. Treating a structure with Termidor offers a higher rate of success.


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LesLee Cox
LesLee Cox
15:57 31 Aug 20
Punctual and great service
Amy Carber
Amy Carber
22:11 15 Apr 20
The best around. Mike made the impossible happen and got rid of our ant problem in a month! We had another company... prior that had to come out multiple times and we saw our problem grew instead of receding. Mike not only gave us a a fair price but tried a bait out beforehand just to see if it would work. Professional, always on time, friendly, and they did the job right!read more
Allen Foster
Allen Foster
16:56 24 Mar 20
I own a home in Beverly Hills but live in Virginia. I was having two doors replaced when the contractor found termite... damage. I instantly panicked. I reached out to Meryl's and literally within minutes Mike called me from the house to let me know it was old termite damage and there were no signs that termites were active. Living out of state he could have said it was active and I wouldn't have known the difference. He also provided advice as to the best way to treat the pests that are present. One thing you can't put a price tag on is trust and honesty, and I feel like Meryl's is trustworthy and more
Devin Lara
Devin Lara
22:03 11 Feb 20
Great service! Friendly, great company, that does things the right way! Would not use anymore else.
Tom Kennedy
Tom Kennedy
14:05 31 Jan 20
Did what they said they would do and followed up promptly with their report. Couldn't ask for more! Thank you. Tom K.
Rebecca Krieger
Rebecca Krieger
01:57 04 Jan 20
Highly recommended. Meryl's is very reliable and has helped me out with a quick response during several emergency... situations. My technician Mike is super awesome. Thanks for keeping me pest free!read more
Patricia Heaton
Patricia Heaton
20:41 02 Oct 19
I have been a customer for year's and would recommend Meryl's Pest Control to friends and family. They are very... professional and respond more
Wayne Rackley
Wayne Rackley
18:56 07 Aug 19
Meryl's Pest Control is a friendly business and their guys are always punctual for appointments. They do an excellent... job in getting rid of all kinds of bugs and more
Evi Smith
Evi Smith
13:18 26 Jul 19
Very friendly staff with great rates and they always show up on time.
Bob Martino
Bob Martino
18:54 10 Jul 19
Very happy with the service. Haven`t seen a bug in 9 months. Highly recommend.
Alan Noyes
Alan Noyes
20:50 24 Jun 19
Very reliable , great personnel , called about a problem and they were very prompt to fix it
Dawn Houston
Dawn Houston
19:15 08 Jun 19
always takes the calls in a timely manner, answers my questions, and gets the job done! Friendly, honest .
10:38 03 Jun 19
Meryl's Pest Control is great! Mike is my guy and he is right on the money. He is polite, on time and very... knowledgeable! I strongly suggest you call Meryl's!!read more
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