4 Types of Florida Termites
The one thing that you can count on about termites is that they don’t discriminate about where they do their damage. You’ll find termites all over the world. They can wreak havoc on your Coral Springs or South Florida home and even your lawn.
But the thing that gets most people going ballistic is that these little buggers conduct their sabotage in complete silence. You may not even realize all the harm they’ve done until it’s too late.
You see, termites are wood and plant eaters. They love the stuff. For them it’s the gift that keeps on giving. That’s swell for them, but bad for the major components that keep your home standing. You may have wooden beams for your roof, wood framing, etc. In all likelihood your home was probably built using wood in key strategic places.
Now, what you may not know is that there isn’t simply one type of termite. There are four types that can readily be found in Florida.
The Most Common Florida Termites
The most destructive of these is the Formosa termite. It is believed to have its origins in China. It likely made it’s way to the United States through trade. This bad boy can really do a number on your home, as well as trees, utility poles, and more in a short time frame.
Second on the list is the subterranean termite. They are blind, live only a couple of years, and tend to be on the smallish side. But don’t let that their physical challenges fool you. These menaces happen to be the most common termite. And where they fall short in size, they make up for in hard work. During their short life span, they will work around the clock 24 hours a day for the colony.
Third, you have the drywood termite. They are generally found in Florida and along the east coast, up to Virginia. But they have also been discovered in California and Hawaii, They love heat and humidity. These buggers have a particular attraction to wood that contains little moisture. This is part of the reason why they’re often associated with damage to doorframes and certain timber-made furniture.
Finally, you have the dampwood termite which thrive in tropical climates such as Florida, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. While these are among the largest termites, they take their time when chewing through wood and trees. For example, it can take several years for them to do any damage to tree branches, and that still may not be enough to kill the tree.
There are a variety of methods that can be used to get rid of termites. But it first starts with identifying which type is infesting your home or yard. For example, if the termites are in your lawn or garden, you can use one of their natural enemies, nematodes, to kill them. Nematodes are little worms that love to burrow into termite larvae, thus killing them quickly. They use the larvae to spawn which results in them seeking out more termite larvae.
Other methods of eradicating termites include tent fumigation, freezing, boric acid, insecticide feeders, and microwaves. But the absolute best way to deal with these menaces is to contact our professional pest control service in Coral Springs FL to get a proper evaluation and a tailored solution. Since termite damage isn’t always obvious, it’s wise to make sure that every area where they may be hiding is addressed.
While getting rid of termites can be a pain, the good news is that the methods for killing them have proven to be effective. Call 954-906-9118