What Termites are in Florida?
Termites are one of the most common pests plaguing Americans every year. There are over 2,000 species of termites worldwide and 40 species in the United States, but only a handful of them infest our homes and businesses. Two species, in particular, cause serious problems for homeowners and business owners.
Dangerous Termites in Florida
Florida is a hot spot for termites. Our seasonal climate makes for plentiful termite activity during the warmer seasons. Although there are only two types of termites that are active in our area, these termites are two of the most destructive in the world. These are the termites to look out for:
- Eastern Subterranean Termites. These are the most common termite species in North America, as well as the most destructive, measured by costs of repairs. They are smaller than drywood termites and need to have access to the soil to survive. If you notice mud tubes in your yard, it is a sure sign of subterranean termites.
- Formosan Termites. These termites are aggressive and quick to multiply. Some colonies can contain up to several million termites at a time! They are able to chew their way through all sorts of wood and expand their colony with speed through their underground tunneling.
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What Kind of Termites Am I Dealing With?
It is quite rare to see a termite—most people who actually notice them report seeing swarmers flying by. This can make it especially tough to identify which species of termite is on your property. A professional termite control company can help you identify the termites in your home and work with you to figure out how to proceed with termite control and treatment accordingly.