Termites & Wood Destroying Organisms
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GONE Pest Management's trained professionals perform a direct injection into the termite galleries with an advanced non-repellant product. The termites then transfer the product throughout the entire colony causing eradication.
Common termite entry points are also treated as a preventive measure. The convenience of not having to move out of your home combined with the new technology and chemistry of the treatment process makes this a great alternative to tenting.
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There are two
types of homes in Florida,
homes with termites and homes
that will get termites! Wood destroying
organisms like Subterranean termites are a danger to all
property owners. Florida Pest Control has decades of experience preventing and controlling termites and
can give you peace of mind with both pre-construction and post-construction treatments. We back up our termite
control products and services with a renewable service agreement.
Termite activity levels and active termite species vary by region. Each species – dampwood, drywood, Formosan or
subterranean – can be found in the particular region of the United States that offers the right balance of moisture (whether dry or damp) and temperature (above or below freezing in the winter).
Termites live in colonies, which means they live and work together to gather food and raise their young (larvae). And in the same way that children and parents have different roles and responsibilities in their homes, termites have different jobs in their colonies. These jobs determine when and why certain termites leave the nest to start new colonies. Where these termites form a colony depends on the individual termite species and its ability to survive in drier or cooler climates.
Termites need food, moisture & warmth to survive. Wood building materials in & around homes can provide the ideal food source for these wood-destroying insects. Through regular inspections, a termite specialist can help identify common hot spots for activity, warning signs for a termite infestation, plus share tips to help keep termites at bay. Termites can fit through cracks as thin as an average business card, so proper maintenance is crucial to seal up any gaps around the foundation & roof.
Subterranean termites live in the soil underground.
This termite species prefers to eat soft, spring wood fiber, which leaves a honeycombed appearance, with only the grain left behind.
Unlike Drywood termite colonies, subterranean termite colonies can contain thousands of workers.
They are found in every state in the U.S., except Alaska, and are most common in warmer climates, particularly in southern and southeastern states.
Drywood termites commonly target the wood in your home’s structural timbers, framing, furniture and hardwood flooring. Wood consumed by these termites appears very clean and smooth, as if the wood had been smoothed by sand paper.
They can infest several different areas in your home, forming separate colonies in your basement, attic or porch. They are usually found in warmer climates that do not reach freezing temperatures in the winter, but can survive in northern climates in homes with A/C.
Formosan termites are the most destructive species of subterranean termite in the US. They're distinguished from other species by their slightly larger size and yellowish brown bodies.
Their colonies are typically larger, numbering up to hundreds of thousands of members. It is this size difference, not the speed of Formosan termites’ eating habits, that allows them to cause significantly more severe damage than other species.
They're found across the southern US, from CA to LA to FL & GA
Dampwood termites live only in wood with high moisture content and are often found in moist or decaying wood in logs, stumps and dead trees. They may infest buildings, utility poles and wood piles if these structures have wood-to-ground contact or areas moistened by water leaks, however, infestations in structures are rare. They leave few external signs of wood damage and are visibly larger than other termite species. They several species in the US, but the majority live in Central & South FL.
Subterranean Termites: Wood Damage
Subterranean termites damage wood according to a distinctive pattern. These cellulose-loving insects can leave nothing behind but the wood grain.
Subterranean termite damage may be hidden inside the walls of a home since this species destroys wood from the inside out.
Termite swarms may take place inside or outside of a home as mature termites leave the nest to start new colonies. Soon after swarmers take flight, they shed their wings. You may find small piles of wings in spider webs and on surfaces around your home’s foundation, like window sills.
Swarmers from mature colonies typically leave the nest at one of two times per year - during the spring or during the fall. The exact timing of the swarms varies based on the species and weather conditions. Swarms on the exterior of a home may be missed by homeowners, as they are typically a brief event during the morning or afternoon – a time when many people are not at home. Formosan termites also can swarm at dusk.
Subterranean termites build mud tubes (also known as shelter tubes) to serve as bridges between their colony and the wood they consume. These tubes are made of tiny pieces of soil, wood and debris, and are used to protect the colony from predators and conserve moisture.
After consuming wood, drywood termites often leave behind frass or droppings. These tiny fecal mounds often indicate a nearby termite infestation.