A Florida Spring isn’t complete without those nasty termite swarms, and for many homeowners their troubles don’t stop at simply swatting at those bothersome bugs flying around our heads. If a termite swarm discovers a way to breach your home or business, it can result in costly and damaging termite infestations.
The downside of living in a tropical paradise is that is attracts a variety of termite types.
The many types of subterranean termites found in Florida
Formosan Subterranean Termite
Florida is home to a variety of invasive species, and the Formosan subterranean termite is one of the worst. Originating in China, these aggressive pests made their way to Florida where their endless appetite for destruction and huge colonies can consume wood at an alarming rate. This species has been nicknamed the Super Termite, which should tell you how seriously you need to take a Formosan subterranean termite infestation.
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North American drywood termites are specific to the southern strip of the United States, as well as Hawaii. Unfortunately for us, that means they can be found throughout all of Florida. Unlike their cousins, the subterranean termite, drywood termites can survive without soil contact. This means that they can eat the wood in building foundations, as well as your wood furniture and knickknacks.
It also means that they will have no problem hitching a ride in your wood armoire and traveling with you when you move.
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In South Florida the pest menace never takes a break, but some pests are more active during certain months. The heroes at Pestmax® want to provide you with all the tools you need to fight the insect and rodent foes trying to invade your home. With March just a few days away, you should know what insects are preparing to enter your home this season. Common Florida Household Bugs for the month of March are often ants, cockroaches, rodents, and subterranean termites.
Ants are one of the most common household bugs in South Florida, and fighting them often seems like a losing battle. An ant colony needs to be destroyed at the nest. Tracking down that colony can be time consuming, and may lead you down a path to hidden activity that you can’t access. This is why hiring a pest control professional may be needed. You can’t always find the nest, and laying down store bought bait traps may or may not work depending on the species of ant and product you are choosing.
Some of the most common species of ants found in Florida include carpenter ants, red imported fire ants, big-headed ants, white-footed ants and ghost ants.
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