South West Florida is home to millions of sun-loving residents, unfortunately, it is also home to a large number of pests. One of the most destructive is the termite.
Homeowners have good reason to be wary of these pests, as they do can do extensive damage to homes and property – this is why termite control is a necessity.
There are several different species of termites in Florida, and each presents their own challenges.
WHY TERMITES ARE A CONCERN IN THIS AREA
SW Florida has a dense population, with lots of homes, and they are all at risk of termite infestation.
- New homes that are under construction are susceptible to termite infestations since they have exposed wood that termites can easily access.
- Florida building codes have been established to ensure that contractors are treating worksites for termites to prevent them from infesting the new homes.
- Older homes are a concern for termite infestation, as their foundations are vulnerable to termites.
TERMITES SWARM AT DIFFERENT TIMES
- Dampwood Termites swarm at night, and are active during the spring and summer months.
- Formosan Termites swarm at night, and are most active during the spring months.
- Eastern Subterranean Termites and Powderpost Termites both prefer daylight, and swarm late in the year, between October and February.
Swarmer termites will fly until they find a location to build a nest, then they shed their wings and start to build.
Rodents are often blamed for damage to electrical wires and power outages, but termites can also damage the wires in a home. Formosa termites like to devour electrical wires, and can cause power failures. It can be difficult to locate the damaged area – especially if it is inside walls – and the repairs can be expensive.
YARDS & LANDSCAPES
Most home landscapes in Florida have plants, trees, or gardens, which happen to be a favorite meal for termites. Termites can destroy plants and fruit-bearing trees, which are often costly to replace.
Homeowners that try to exterminate termites on their own may end up making the situation worse. The termites can flee the area, causing thousands of termites to spread throughout the home. If this happens, the infestation will be difficult to contain, and the termites could even spread to neighboring homes.
It is always best to trust a professional to help keep your home and yard free of destructive termites. Give us a call today to schedule an inspection!