How do termites spread in Florida?
Termite infestations grow over time as the colony continues to mature. Termites also spread in the spring and summer when they swarm.
Termites are notorious for spreading silently, causing lots of damage without being discovered. The rate and speed at which they spread depend on a few different factors:
- How much wood is in contact with soil
- Amount of moisture
- Season, weather, and regional climate
- Maturity of the colony
How Quickly Do Termites Spread?
Termite damage will only be apparent after the colony has been active for several years. A mature colony can destroy up to a pound of wood per day. While this might not seem like a staggering number, it adds up after a long term of unnoticed termite activity.
Termite colonies can grow to have thousands upon thousands of individual members. Queen termites are able to lay up to 30,000 eggs in just one day! This adds up to 10 million in a year.
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Can I Get Termites From My Neighbors' Infestation?
Seeing a tent over your neighbor’s home or the business down the block can lead you to worry about the potential of a termite infestation in your own home. Having neighbors with termite issues does not mean that an infestation is in your future, though. However, if your house was built around the same time as your infested neighbors’, it is safe to have a termite inspection conducted.
How Do Termites Create New Colonies?
Termites spread by tunneling through the soil, creating tubes. They spread throughout your house through cracks in the walls, building their colony until they’re ready to swarm and start another. Although they aren’t known to take over whole neighborhoods, having a neighbor with a termite problem should motivate you to take extra precautions against termites. Working with a professional termite control company can give you peace of mind by way of regular inspections and updates.