Termites Found in Florida
Identifying the different local termite species is important because the right treatment is dependent on the type of termites found in your home. Treatment can differ in application method as well as the products used to eradicate the termite colony. If you suspect you may have termites, you can be confident that the highly-trained professionals at Personalized Pest Control can identify and recommend a treatment plan that fits your needs.
Swarms of Drywood termites are generally smaller than swarms of subterranean termites. The subterranean species must nest in the soil or near a water source to survive. Drywood termites infest dry wood and do not require contact with the soil.
These termites are typically active in daylight so homeowners are likely to notice these creatures swarming in the direct sunlight. Drywood termites generally swarm in the spring and are attracted to lights such as those from TVs. Homeowners may notice discarded wings accumulating around window sills, door jams, or in spider webs.
Subterranean termite swarms are one of the larger swarms, as these colonies often produce thousands of swarmers. The large number of swarmers and their tendency to be active during daylight hours make them easily noticeable to homeowners.
Why do Termites Swarm?
Termites are social insects and live in groups called colonies. These colonies consist of termites that are assigned different roles including soldiers, reproductive, nymphs, and “false workers.” For homeowners, a termite swarm is the most visible sign of a termite infestation. When swarming, thousands of termites fly out of their nests with one objective: to find a mate and build a nest, in hopes of eventually starting a colony. Colonies produce swarms once they have reached a certain size, based on the number of workers in the colony.