Types of Termites Found in Florida

Termites can nest in your property at any time throughout the year, especially in Florida’s warm and humid summer climate. An infestation may cause significant damage to your home or business and is very often not covered by insurance. Stop the termites before severe structure damage occurs by recognizing their signs and consulting with a professional for a termite inspection.

Here is some more information on the three types of termite species common to Florida.

Eastern Subterranean Termites

The eastern subterranean is the most common and found throughout the United States (except Alaska). Although not as prominent in size as the other termite species, this type of termite builds larger colonies that cause excessive damages to your property.

As their name implies, they create colonies in the soil underneath homes and businesses, forming mud tubes along a structure’s walls to reach food sources causing damages to a building’s wood, insulation, and even concrete.

With peak swarming periods occurring from January through May, the eastern subterranean termite swarmers are the ones you are likely to see flying. Differing in color by caste, workers have a creamy, translucent appearance, soldiers are light with brown heads, supplementary reproductions have an opaque coloring, and primary reproductions differ with a brown or black appearance.

Formosan Subterranean Termites

This invasive subterranean termite creates larger colonies than any other termite species in North America.

Generally invading from the ground, if a Formosan subterranean termite finds a suitable food and water resource, they will invade structures without a ground connection. Like the eastern subterranean, they search and develop colonies in moist soil and damp properties. Flat roof buildings are an ideal condition because of the pooling water.

You can tell this species’ winged termite by its yellowish-brown color and one-half-inch size. The swarmer flights are massive and begin in dusk to humid evenings slot gacor malam ini from April to July. Look for their signs around windows and light fixtures since they are attracted to natural and artificial lights.

Drywood Termites

The drywood termite appears pale brown or varies to a darker brown or a yellowish-tan color. Their wings are either clear or dull gray.

Occurring in smaller colonies, drywood termites prefer to nest and feed in dry and isolated wood pieces rather than moist soil or water, unlike the Formosan and eastern subterranean termites. The wood they devour provides them the moisture they need.

Still, several colonies can infest an older building or structure, garage, trees, firewood, and fragments of isolated lumber simultaneously and spend their entire life cycle inside the wood where they feed. Routinely check hidden and out-of-the-way areas like the upper portion of homes and attics for barrel-shaped fecal pellets.

Signs of a Termite Infestation

Are you unsure if that pest is a flying ant or termite? Don’t overlook the signs and let the infestation worsen. Prevent an issue by checking firewood, untreated lumber, and used wooden furniture thoroughly before bringing it to your property.

Some possible signs include:

  • Flying winged insects
  • Mud tubes in concrete or insulation
  • Discarded wings on wood surfaces
  • Tiny excrement pellets
  • Miniscule exit holes in wood
  • Blistered, hallowed, and damaged wood

There are various treatments for controlling termite infestations, depending on the severity and location in your Floridian home or business. A well-trained pest technician can slot online yang sering kasih jackpot identify the type of termite on your property.

Contact the professionals at Hometown Pest Control today to help you decide the best treatment to get rid of those termites.