Subterranean Termite Swarms are here in the Tampa Bay area, and they will continue on and off until April. Termites have become one of the biggest threats to damage your home, property, or business. Each year they cost homeowners and insurance companies over one billion dollars in damages.
Your home is most at risk during a “Termite Swarm” which usually happens during the early months of spring. In the swarm, winged termites leave their nest to mate and start a new colony.
There are three termite types found in Florida
Subterranean termites can be the most destructive of the three species because they infest wood from underground. These termites have become a burden to homeowners today because it is not until there is a severe infestation that these hidden creatures are seen. They live in colonies that can consist of millions of individuals that share resources, such as food and shelter, and cooperatively care for their young. These colonies consist mostly of workers but also include soldiers and reproductive.
Subterranean termites are black to dark brown in color and are about 3/8 inch in size. They are referred to as “swarmers” and their main job is to mate and start new colonies. What can make it hard Termite swarmers may or may not have wings, as their wings often are shed shortly after flight. If termite swarmers are found indoors, it is a strong sign that you have an infestation.
Termites can’t survive without a moisture source. Any source of moisture in, on, under, or around your home gives termites the conducive conditions needed to thrive. Homeowners need to ensure that all drainage directs away from their homes. Homeowners need to repair any leaks that are present in a timely manner. Ensure the moisture release of your air conditioner unit is away from the foundation of your home.
Homeowners should keep on top of routine home maintenance. This would include such things as, sealing any cracks in the foundation, cleaning gutters and water lines from debris, and removing any dead trees or stumps. During a termite inspection, we look for mud tubes on the exterior foundation wall or new damage to any wood members.
Wood to soil contact
Termites consume wood or any cellulose material as an ideal source of food for the termite colony. Potential termite access points are any wood that goes into or touches the ground. Examples of this would be wooden rear decks, sheds sitting on the ground, piles of firewood touching homes, and any wooden stakes that were used in the construction process that were not removed. Firewood should be away from the home and stored on a metal rack to keep wood off the ground. Cardboard boxes filled with paper and photos are a good source of food for termites. Use plastic boxes instead to store items in the attic.
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