There is a saying that in Florida there are two type of homes: those that have termites and those that will have termites. Termites are one of the most destructive pests you can find. They eat the wood in your home and can literally destroy your investment. Homeowners spend an average of $7,500. to repair termite damage. The damage for the United States alone is estimated to be $11 billion.
FORMOSAN SUBTERRANEAN TERMITES
These termites are the most aggressive and destructive wood-destroying pests in the United States. This species can develop colonies containing several million termites, which relentlessly feed on structural lumber and other wooden structures, leading to substantial economic loss. Formosan subterranean termites are characterized by their large populations and use of mud carton nests to infest aboveground structures.
THE EASTERN SUBTERRANEAN TERMITE
This is the most common termite in the United States. This species is most likely to infest building timber where it feeds on internal sections of the wood. The subterranean species must nest in the soil or near a water source in order to survive. A mature colony can range from 20,000 workers to as high as 5 million workers.
These termites occur in small colonies in isolated wood pieces. Multiple colonies can infest a structure simultaneously. Fecal pellets are ejected periodically, these pellets are about 1-2 mm long and distinctively six-sided, making them easily distinguishable from other wood destroying organisms. Treatment of the soil under and around the structure will not protect a structure from drywood termitesworkers.
These are not considered a significant structural pest. They require such a high amount of constant moisture that structural infestations of these termites are rare.
Lookout for damage
Termite damage should never be ignored. Signs of termite activity includes: The presence of swarming termites or their wings discarded around window sills. Wooden pellets (much smaller that rice grains) accumulating on floors or under furniture. Mud tubes around foundation, door and window trim.
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