It’s that time of year. School is coming to an end, summer plans are in gear, and subterranean termites are swarming.
Yes, these termites, commonly found in South Florida, swarm in the spring. And if you’re not familiar with swarming, stay tuned for a quick overview!
Swarming is the process by which termites locate a new home near an available food source and begin a new colony. During swarming season in late spring, specific termites known as “swarmers” leave their colony in search of an ideal location for their next colony. The “swarmers” don’t cause damage to your home or other structures because they don’t have the ability to chew wood or fiber. But, they pave the way for their fellow termites to colonize and begin destruction of surrounding materials. Although disconcerting to humans, this is all part of the natural termite life cycle that allows termites to reproduce.
The subterranean termite typically colonizes underground, creating mud tubes that protect them from predators. Mud tubes may be evident on the side of buildings or wood structures. During swarming season, thousands of termites fly through mud tubes seeking out new homes, typically attracted by large concentrations of available cellulose. Subterranean termites also can cause damage to anything made of fiber as well as insulation, paper, and infiltration systems.
Known as “super termites”, the subterranean Formosan Termites are the most aggressive species of termites. Like other subterranean species including Eastern Subterranean Termites, Formosan Termites colonize underground and create mud tubes. But, these termites consume cellulose and fiber so quickly that a colony can destroy the structure of a building in months. Significant termite damage to a home after only a few months of an infestation may require repairs upwards of $50,000.
Flying Ants or Termites?
Swarming termites build a colony quickly! So, if you see something that resembles flying ants, you may have found the beginning of a termite colony. Wondering if they are indeed flying ants or termites?
Take a close look – if the antennae are straight, wings are the same length, and they have a relatively straight body, they’re probably termites. If you think you may have termites, you need to act fast and potentially stop an infestation. The faster you can control the activity, the less damage you will have.
Unfortunately, home treatments with topical sprays just cannot reach the colonies that are typically embedded in the building structure. Consequently, these treatments will allow the termites to continue attacking the wood and fiber in their path.
Whether they are Formosa Termites, Eastern Subterranean Termites or any other termite species, if you find “ants with wings”, it’s time to call in the professionals before the termites destroy your home or building.
Professional Termite Elimination
Florida Pest Control Center (FPCC) is the Florida expert in treating Formosan and Eastern Subterranean Termites, using the most advanced technologies to safely eliminate termites. The process of termite removal requires pest control professionals – technicians who are knowledgeable about termite behavior patterns, their food sources, breeding, and preferred habitats. Using this knowledge, we effectively treat the ground-based infestation using pumps, injections, bait, and soil rods. In addition, our newest subterranean termite truck is equipped with dual pumps and hoses to allow us to combine the strength of both liquid and foam termiticide treatments.
We also use innovative treatments to create a non-repellent barrier between your building and the ground, effectively preventing new termites from entering to the ground for the moisture they need to survive. Without blend of powerful treatments, termite infestations will be rapidly eradicated.
Florida Pest Control Center (FPCC) employs comprehensive, state-of-the art technologies, chemical, and non-chemical treatments to eliminate pest problems in residential homes, businesses, hospitals, medical facilities, group homes, and apartment and condominium buildings. Our highly trained professionals provide a fast, complete solution to your ants, mosquitoes, termites, bed bugs, rodents, and other pest infestations.
For more information or for a free estimate, please visit us at Florida Pest Control Center (FPCC) or contact the Florida Pest Control Center (FPCC) at 954-945-5050 today. Florida Pest Control Center (FPCC) services are licensed, insured, and guaranteed.
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