Termite Identification & Prevention

What are termites?

Termites are wood-eating pests that invade homes and business, and once inside, attack both sound and water-damaged wood. The type of wood they feed on depends on their species. These pests are responsible for causing more than five billion dollars in damages across the country each year and are a pest that no property owner wants to tangle with. Listed below is a quick overview of the most common termites living in our area: subterranean termites, Formosan termites, and drywood termites.

a termite in its nest

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites live in the soil. They prefer to invade and feed on wood both inside and outside of our homes damaged by water or decaying. They are the most widespread group of termites living across the country.

Formosan Termites

Formosan termites are a type of subterranean termite that can nest in and above the ground. They maintain their high moisture needs by building special carton nests.

Drywood Termites

Drywood termites are efficient feeders that live in smaller colonies than other species. These termites prefer to nest in dry pieces of wood. They, unlike subterranean species, nest within the wood they are feeding on.

Are termites dangerous?

Termites mean nothing but bad news for Florida homeowners. When living outside in nature, away from our homes and businesses termites are great. Their feeding behaviors help to break down dead trees and other organic matter. But, when termites set their sights on feeding on our home's structural wood, they become dangerous and unwanted pests.

The temperature in Florida allows these pests to remain very active throughout the entire year. These insects do not sleep and spend day and night gathering food for their colonies. Termites will not stop feeding on a reliable food source unless forced to do so. Putting into place the services needed to prevent termites or eliminate an infestation early on is key to preventing the costly and extensive damage termites are famous for.

To get started protecting your Florida home or business from termites, reach out to Green Flag Services today!

Why do I have a termite problem?

The warm, humid weather found in Florida provides the perfect environment for termites. In Florida, termites are active for most of the year and can make any house into their home. They often find their way inside on their own when they are out and about foraging for food. However, some species like the drywood termites are introduced onto our properties accidentally. Drywood termites often move into our homes inside antique furniture, wood beams, trim, and other wood.

Once inside, people rarely see termites. They can work for months or even years without anyone noticing. Termites can cause extensive damage to your property before you know they're there.

Where will I find termites?

Subterranean termites that have found their way inside move in through the foundation or wood that is making contact with the soil. They then move deeper into your home through wood floor joists and eventually into structural wood behind walls or under floors. They love to invade wood near window sills, water pipes, air conditioners, or other areas where there is moisture present. Subterranean termite workers travel back and forth from their nest to a food source every day.

Formosan termites gain access into homes at ground level or aerially with the help of their carton nests. These termites create aerial nests, usually on rooftops of buildings with a flat roof or between wall voids.

Drywood termites live and nest inside of the wooden structures they are feeding on. Their favorite nesting locations include dry pieces of wood lumber, utility poles, fences, and wooden furniture.

How do I get rid of termites?

At Green Flag Services, we understand that termites are destructive and hard to control and eliminate. If you are having problems with termites on your property, reach out to us today. We can provide you with the termite control services needed to get rid of termites and prevent them from returning.

If you need help removing termites or other pests from your DeLand, Daytona Beach, Port Orange, Baldwin Park, Lake Nona, or Lake Mary, FL, residential or commercial property, call Green Flag Services today!

How can I prevent termites in the future?

Don't allow termites to take over your yard or home. Partner with the professionals at Green Flag Services and put into place the following easy to implement prevention tips:

  • Clean gutters and install weatherstripping around windows and doors to stop rainwater from seeping into your home's roof and walls.
  • Fix leaky pipes, faucets, and air conditioners.
  • Ventilate crawlspaces and remove any wood debris from inside of them.
  • Repair damage to roof shingles or along the roofline.
  • Limit soil-to-wood contact around your home and on your property: porch steps, deck posts, wood trim, or shingles.
  • Replace mulch with non-organic gardening materials like crushed rock or rubber mulch.
  • Rake mulch and leaves back away from your home's foundation.
  • Do not over-water your lawn or garden areas.
  • Make sure drainage areas on your property are well-maintained.
  • Use air conditioners and dehumidifiers to lower humidity levels in your home.
  • Remove fallen trees, tree stumps, old fences, and the like from your property.
  • Seal spaces in the foundation of your home that could allow tiny termites to infiltrate your home.
  • Inspect new furniture, wood beams, and other wooden items for signs of termites before bringing them into your home.
 

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