Recognizing the Signs of Infestation
Termite biology may not be an interesting subject to most, but if you’re a homeowner in Florida, you may at least want a quick overview of the way these destructive pests operate. This is because unless you have proper termite protection, these insidious little insects could cause serious damage to your home, and with termite swarming season upon us, it’s important to recognize any telltale signs of infestation.
The most destructive type of termite in Florida is the subterranean termite. In nature, these are highly beneficial, as they aid in the decomposition of felled trees and return nutrients back to the soil; but in developed areas, the indiscriminate appetite of these zealous recyclers leads them to any wood available— including any found inside our homes.
A typical termite colony is made up of several thousand to over a million workers, all of which form a silently sprawling network of foragers underground.
These scouts are especially attracted to moisture-prone areas which can lead to foundation cracks, pipe chases, construction gaps, and other minuscule entry points around the home. Occasionally, termites must climb over a small amount of concrete—usually the slab, or foundation of the home. In order to avoid being exposed to other insects, or the dry outside air, passageways called “mud-tubes” are constructed.
Once inside, termites continue to feed, 24 hours a day, until their food source has been exhausted. Also, due to the cryptic nature of the colony, by the time any evidence is observed, the damage incurred is usually extensive. So what type of evidence might you expect to see? In addition to an occasional mud-tube (which may be hard to recognize if you’re not looking), a mature colony will deploy thousands of swarmers.
With wings and black bodies, these swarmers look very different from the rest of the colony and are often mistaken for flying ants when they pour out in search of a cozy place to start a new colony. This can be dangerous since by the time a colony sends swarmers, it is already producing thousands of destructive workers, and if the swarmers are thought only to be ant swarmers, a very serious problem will continue unresolved. If you should suspect activity, call our office. One of our experts will be glad to dispatch a field rep for a definitive identification.
Protect Your Investment
If you haven’t already, we strongly recommend securing termite protection. Naturally, we’d love the opportunity to protect your home, but even if you don’t choose Deans, please be sure your home is protected. And if you’re currently with another company and wish to change, you’ll be pleased to know that converting your coverage is quick and easy. In fact, by doing so, you’ll also be eligible for our Multi-Service discount. So call today, for great service at a great price, and don’t leave anything to chance!