What you should know about these pests!
The bad news is there are over 3,100 known species of termites worldwide. The good news is only 183 of those species cause damage to homes and businesses. The bad news is those 183 species cause over $5 Billion in damages annually. The good news is, Highland Pest Control, Inc. is on the job to ensure you’re not eaten out of house and home!
If you’ve got termites, don’t worry. All of our termite programs at Highland Pest Control, Inc. are bug tested and family approved!
Quick Facts About Termites
600,000 Affected Homes
$3,300 Average Damage Cost
*Facts provided by Highland Pest Control, Inc. and American Pest databases.
Identifying termite types.
If you have termites or think you have termites, the first thing to do is determine which type you have. In South Florida, we’re concerned with Drywood Termites and several species of Subterranean Termites. Unfortunately, treatment methods and products are different for each type, so proper identification is key.
Swarming ants also closely resemble termites, but if you know what to look for, you may be able to differentiate between the two. There are three main differences in appearance:
Termites antennas are straight
Termites waist are broader/wider
Termites have four same-length wings
South Florida is home to several species of subterranean termites, including Native Subs, Formosan and Asian termites. Living underground, the colony size may be as many as 100,000 termites. Swarms generally occur as early as January and continue through May. After swarming, the termites pair up to mate and form new colonies. Because they are attracted to light, their wings and bodies are often found around windows. Subterranean termites require constant contact with the soil, and as a result, they build mud tubes up from the ground in order to reach the wooden surfaces of the structure. The tubes make them easier to detect and identify. Damage progression is rapid, depending on colony size.
Preventative and curative treatment methods include soil barrier treatments and exterior baiting programs. For more information or to schedule a no obligation appointment, contact Highland Pest Control, Inc. today.
Drywood termites tend to swarm between May and November and are typically found in sound or non-decayed wood in homes, including trusses, window sills, wood flooring, fascia boards outside, and even furniture. The easiest way to identify an infestation is by the fecal pellets they kick out of their galleries. They’ve been described as looking like coffee grounds or sawdust, and although the color of the pellets may vary, it has no relationship to the wood they’ve infested. Drywood colonies are smaller than subterranean termite colonies, so the damage progression is slower, often taking years to detect. To verify what you’re seeing, please call Highland Pest Control, Inc. today to schedule a no obligation appointment.