PRIMARY SEASON

Spring, Summer, Fall

Pest identification (Subterranean Termites)

Color: Creamy white to dark brown/black
Legs:  6
Shape:  Long, narrow and oval
Size:  1/8 inch long
Antennae:  Yes
Region:  Found throughout U.S.
 

What Are Subterranean Termites?

Scientific Name: Family Rhinotermitidae

Subterranean Termite

Subterranean termites can cause the most damage of any termite species. These termites build distinctive tunnels, often referred to as “mud tubes,” to reach food sources and protect themselves from open air. They eat wood 24 hours a day, seven days a week, using their saw-toothed jaws to bite off small fragments of wood one piece at a time. Over time, subterranean termites can critically damage a building structure, sometimes causing a total collapse. Subterranean termites threaten homeowners across the country, as they’re found in every state in the U.S except Alaska. 

Pest identification (Drywood Termites)

 

Color: Creamy white to light brown
Legs:  6
Shape:  Long, narrow and oval
Size:  3/8 to 1 inch long
Antennae:  Yes
Region: Primarily found coastally from South Carolina westward to Texas and up the west coast of California

What are Drywood Termites?

Scientific Name:  Family Kalotermitidae

Drywood Termites

Drywood termites are a termite species known for thriving in hard, dry wood found inside a home.  This includes structural timbers as well as furniture, picture frames and banisters. They do not make colonies under the soil – instead, they make their way into the wood and are able to extract necessary water from the wood they ingest.

Drywood termites are commonly found on the West Coast, Florida and Hawaii, but they can extend east to Texas and the Carolinas. 

Nuisance or Threat:

Subterranean termites can cause extensive damage. The hard, saw-toothed jaws of termites work like shears and are able to bite off extremely small fragments of wood, one piece at a time.  

Subterranean termites can cause extensive damage. The hard, saw-toothed jaws of termites work like shears and are able to bite off extremely small fragments of wood, one piece at a time.  

Drywood termites can chew through almost anything made of cellulose, including support beams, floors and walls, causing expensive home repairs.

Both subterranean and drywood termites can cause significant damage to your home.  If you suspect that you may have a termite infestation, you should seek termite treatment before too much damage has been done.

Call FL Termite & Pest Experts today to schedule an inspection with one of our knowledgeable experts. 813.922.8475

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