Types of Florida Termites

No matter where you live in Florida, recognizing the signs of infestations are important. But did you know that there are a few DIFFERENT kinds of termites that could be infesting your home or business? Below are some of the more common types of Florida termites and some important facts.

Subterranean TermitesSubterranean Termites

While termites may be nature’s way of helping wood decompose, for homeowners or business owners they can mean a huge financial burden. If you suspect that you have a termite infestation you should request an inspection immediately.

While Formosan termites are more destructive, eastern subterranean termites are generally more widespread. One of the reasons Formosan termites can be more destructive  is the size of their colonies, which can reach millions of termites.

Additionally these destructive pests can produce secondary colonies almost anywhere there’s moisture. This can include areas around plumbing leaks or other sources of damp wood. Therefore, Formosan termites are often able to destroy homes in a matter of months.

Dampwood TermitesDampwood Termites

Other termites commonly found in Florida are drywood and dampwood termites. As their name implies, dampwood termites typically infest wood that is moist from water leaks or in contact with soil. 

Often these termites readily infest wood that is in contact with the ground, wood around leaks in the roof, wood siding, and wood that shows evidence of fungal decay.

Generally speaking, Florida’s dampwood termites are found in the subtropical woodlands, mangrove forests, and urban settings.

Drywood TermitesDrywood Termites

Often referred to as powderpost termites, drywood termites prefer woods that are dry. A common indicator of infestation is the accumulation of fecal pellets below the wood upon which they are feeding. To the naked eye, these fecal pellets closely resemble grains of sand.

Unlike subterranean termites, drywood termites colonies develop and grow slowly. Sometimes they can take as long as five years or more to reach maturity! Even when conditions are conducive to colony growth, these pests still reproduce slowly.

Unfortunately, the most effective methods of getting rid of drywood termite infestations are whole or partial fumigation, heat treatments, or injections of control products into damaged wood.

When it comes to pest control, being prepared is an important part of pest prevention and treatment.  So understanding the signs and risks of different pests is a very important part of any pest control plan. Have questions? Think you may have an infestation? Contact us!