The purchase of a home is one of the largest investments a person will make in their lives. Many people like the balmy climate in Florida and therefore make a home purchase to live out their lives in this state. Unfortunately, Florida is one of the favorite areas for termites of all types.
Eastern subterranean termites populate Florida as well as many other states on the eastern coastline and the southern coastline. This type of termite usually swarms in the spring, although smaller swarms can occur in the summer. The swarming conditions are prime after a warm rain shower when the soil temperature is about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Eastern subterranean termites are the most destructive pests to fir and timber of all types used in building homes. They eat out the soft centers of wood and leave a thin layer of wood on the exterior, causing structures to collapse if not caught in time.
The Formosan subterranean termite also resides in Florida and other coastal regions. Nests can contain thousands of termites which cause major structural damage to homes as well as to several types of growing trees. They do not discriminate whether the wood is processed or still growing. Power poles are also consumed by these termites. These pests swarm in high humidity after a rain from dusk to midnight and are attracted to outdoor lighting.
Powderpost drywood termites inhabit west coastal states from Virginia to Florida. This type of termite not only destroys the structure of your home, but is equally happy when eating away at your wood furniture inside your home. They actually colonize and live in the same area that they are eating on.
Florida dampwood termites are localized in Florida along the coast of the state and the Florida Keys in subtropical locations, mangrove forests and in urban settings. These termites swarm over the course of several months at dusk or during the night.
South Florida termites cause millions of dollars in damage to homes in Florida, but they can quickly be taken care of if discovered through a termite inspection. Contacting a south Florida pest control company for a termite inspection can save you literally thousands of dollars that you would spend to eliminate the pests and the costs of rebuilding your home from the ground upward. Termite inspectors also examine your home for other wood eating pests, such as powder post beetles, old wood borers and wood fungi that can all destroy your timbers. In an area that is such a great established termite zone, it just makes sense to have an annual termite inspection on your property.
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