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5 Facts About Termites in Southwest Florida

Termites on wood

Subterranean termites are the most common species of termites in Southwest Florida, and naturally, they are the most destructive termite species. It’s easy to feel safe from termites, but just because you haven’t seen them, doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Because of how much damage they do to your home, as they eat the wood holding your home together, it’s important to know everything you can about subterranean termites—that way, you know when it is time to call your local termite control company!

Here are the top 5 things you need to know about subterranean termites and how to treat them:

1. Termite Season is Year-Round

Termites are busy foraging for food and multiplying 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. So why is spring commonly referred to as termite season?

Well, it’s the only time of year when you might actually SEE these elusive creatures for yourself! Between February and April in Southwest Florida, when the temperature and humidity are just right, swarms of reproductive (winged) termites leave their colonies in search of new territory.

2. Not All Termites are Created Equal

Subterranean termites live in a caste system with a queen who requires several hundred of her soldiers to move her. She lays an egg every 15 seconds, meaning that subterranean termite colonies can grow to contain upwards of 1 million termites.

The soldiers make up most of the termite population. They’re not peaceful beings—they protect the colony by warding off ant enemies. They keep their colony hidden through dark tunnels in the soil and into wooden frames of buildings.  

3. Termites Cause More Damage than Floods, Fires, and Hurricanes Combined

That seems like an unbelievable statistic, but when you think about the fact that here in Florida we have an average of 3-5 termite colonies per acre of land, it’s not surprising.

Due to the fact that it’s very hard to detect termites within your walls until the damage has been done, many infestations go unnoticed until it’s too late. It’s estimated that termites cause over $5 billion in damage to homes annually…damage that insurance companies won’t cover in Florida.

4. Concrete Block (CBS) Homes Can Get Termites Just as Easily as Wood Framed Homes

It’s a common myth that, just because many of the homes in our area are built out of concrete, they don’t need to worry about termites. Unfortunately, that’s a false sense of security. Termites can enter the home through an opening as small as 1/32 of an inch. If there’s a settlement crack, loose mortar joint, a small space around a drain pipe, or a crack in your foundation...they’re in! And what are the walls and rafter of most homes made out of? That’s right—WOOD! Termites will eat through walls, moldings, windows and door frames.

5. Subterranean Termite Infestations are Preventable

After over 40 years of helping people, we’ve learned that the best way to deal with a subterranean termite infestation is to avoid one in the first place. Guarding your investment from subterranean termites not only increases your home’s value, but also delivers peace of mind, knowing your family’s home is safe. 

The first step is to find a pest control company that offers termite control and prevention. By having preventative measures set up in advance, your home is less likely to be infested in the first place. 

The best way to treat subterranean termites is with the Sentricon Colony Elimination System® with Always Active™ technology. Sentricon is a unique, highly effective baiting system that offers continuous 24/7 protection for your home. It is the most successful termite baiting product, and only a certain number of pest control companies in the country are certified to use Sentricon. Best of all, it’s non-chemical and family-friendly!

Luckily, Larue Pest Management is one of them! If you’re in the Southwest Florida area and experiencing a termite infestation, give us a call today at 239-334-0880 to set up your free termite inspection. We’ll make sure your home is termite-free in no time!

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