Tis the season – termite swarming season! Florida is a terrific home for termites of all kinds due to the humid and warm climate. Did you know….
- Most species of subterranean termite’s swarm during the spring and summer months, typically on a warm day with calm winds after a rainfall.
- Tropical rough-headed Drywood termite swarms at night, from April through July.
- Tropical smooth-headed Drywood termite can swarm any time of the year.
- Formosan termites swarm at night during the late spring.
- Conehead termites disperse in swarms, often after the first heavy rain of the spring.
A Closer Look
As their name suggests, drywood termites occur in dry wood that may be above ground level. Drywood termites build colonies in structural wood, fence and utility posts, furniture, moldings, door, window frames, cardboard, even drywall Swarmer’s are brown in color. Workers are white in color; these are the ones that eat the wood. Swarmer’s are the reproductives, when they swarm they are attracted to light, windows, lamps, computer screens, even TV screens.
Termite swarms occur when a termite colony has grown so large that they send out new reproductives to start new colonies. Normally drywood termites swarm at night, subterranean termites swarm during the day, they both drop their wings very easily, the textbook says they are very weak fliers. Subterranean termites are normally dark black in color, instead of brown as indicated above. Drywood termite evidence is usually the wings laying around light sources or fecal pellet material of the wood they are eating , some people describe it as looking like coffee grounds. Color of the fecal pellet will vary depending on the color of the wood they are eating.
The majority of termite infestations in North America are perpetuated by Subterranean Termites. Swarmer’s are around 3/8″ long including wings and have a small black body. Workers appear white in color and their wings on the other hand appear almost translucent and Soldiers appear with dark brown or black mandibles with a large rectangular head in proportion to their body. They have a circular head and oval shaped body.
Subterranean termites usually swarm in spring, but in Florida swarms can occur at any time of the year. Subterranean termites live in colonies under the soil, although they can reach food above ground by building impressive mud tubes to reach the wood in your home, as high as your roof trusses if undisturbed. These termites are very aggressive as they do not sleep, constantly looking for cellulose (wood content) to quench their appetite. Economically termites cause over a billion dollars in damage annually.
If you suspect any kind of termite infestation, contact our team of licensed pest control professionals to conduct an inspection and develop an effective action plan for removal.
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