Winged termites

Florida’s termite swarming season is once again upon us. The three (3) types of termites we see in our service area include: (1) Dry Wood Termites, (2) Formosan Termites and (3) the most damaging Subterranean Termites.  

Why do termites swarm?

Termite swarms, consisting of hundreds of termites flying together, relocate to other sites in order to start subsequent colonies by finding mates to reproduce with. Only the winged termites, known as swarmers, reproduce and are capable of this task. Most instances of sited swarms occur in the early months of the year after rain storms, when humidity levels are higher, as a moist environment is necessary for their survival. Swarmer termite’s wings are the same length and are not suited for flying very well, so they use the early Spring winds to blow them into new places to form their new colonies.

It is also useful to know that swarmer termites are not the cause of the wood damage to your home. Their offspring, called worker termites, are the culprits. So while the swarm may leave the nest, the offspring left in the nest are still at work!

What to lookout for

If you find a swarmer around a window, door, porch columns, or any wooden portion of your home, it is important to act immediately and inquire about having a termite inspection performed by a trained Termite Specialist from Live Oak Pest Control, Inc. Also, if you find yourself concerned about possible termite infestation without the sure signs, our Termite Specialists can quickly determine if your home has termites, or if it is at risk.

Other signs of a termite infestation

Other signs that your home may have termites include ‘sagging’ flooring, walls and ceiling that appear to have water damage, tunnels constructed of mud under the home or at the base of the foundation, and wings resembling fish scales on or around window and door openings.  However, these signs are more noticeable once an infestation is in a mature state. The most common in our area, Subterranean termites, access structures from under the ground in most all cases, allowing them to secretly destroy a home unless detected in the early stages.

Targeting a termite infestation at its earliest point will result in a speedier elimination of the colony with the least amount of financial burden to the homeowner. Never allow signs of termites to go un-inspected. An annual termite inspection is highly recommended to all Florida residents, and can drastically reduce the chance of your home being invaded by termites.

In Florida, it’s not a matter of if you’ll get termites, it’s when you’ll get termites!

Homeowners can reduce the risk of a termite attack by following the
link to this blog post: Protecting Your Home From Termites

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