There are over 40 different species of termites found in the United States, each of which falls into one of the three main types – subterranean, drywood or dampwood. Because different species require different control methods, it is very important that your pest control expert correctly identify the termites before treating an infestation.
The Formosan subterranean termite (Coptotermes formosanus) has now become established in Florida and other southern states. Where moisture regularly collects inside the wall or other cavities of a building, say from faulty plumbing or broken roof tiles, the Formosan termite can develop a subsidiary colony nest, which may not require contact with the ground to ensure its survival. This is particularly prevalent in areas of high humidity where wood moisture is above average. Due to its size and aggressive foraging behaviour a colony of Formosan termites does more damage than single colonies of other U.S. subterranean species, and can cause significant structural damage to a home within 6 months.
Large swarms of flying termites and the presence of mud tubes are the two most noticeable signs of subterranean termite infestations in homes. However, these signs can be difficult to detect. Annual termite inspections focusing on termite entry points and signs of activity are important to prevent damage.
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