As the spring and summer humidity returns to the Palm Beach and Port St. Lucie areas, so does the termite swarm season. The humid air of the Sunshine State sparks termite activity, setting homeowners on high alert.
Some of the most common species of termites seen during Florida’s swarm seasons are:
Dry wood termites
Damp wood termites
The dry wood and subterranean termites are the most damaging termites found by termite control services in Palm Beach and Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Termite swarms are new colonies of termites created from mating termites (also referred to as alates). When late spring rolls around, the alates surface from infested wood for a short period of time before returning back to the ground.
Unfortunately, there is little that can be done to avoid termite swarms, however there are a few signs of termite infestation you can look for.
- If there are swarms of flying ants, or termites, in your Florida home or yard this might be an indication you have a mature termite colony infestation. It is incredibly important you call a termite control service for termite treatment to immediately to get ahead of any structural damage your house may have endured.
- ‘Sagging’ walls, ceilings or floor is a standard indicator that your house may have termites. The structural damage termites invite on a home mimic the effects of water damage; typically this type of damage is a result of the more advanced stages of infestation
- Tunnels of mud under the house or at the foundation’s base
- Small and scaly wings found on window sills or around doors
- Presence of tiny fecal pellets. If you find small holes in your walls and/or furniture with tiny fecal pellets inside you most likely have a case of dry wood termites.
Something important to note is termite swarms that you only find outside your home does not necessarily mean you have a termite infestation. Since these pests usually originate within the foundation of your home, porch or other structure, if you do not find them directly in your home you may be safe from infestation but should schedule an inspection just in case.
If you live in Florida, you know it’s not a matter of if you get termites, it’s a matter of when you get them. However, you can carry out a few home maintenance steps to help prevent infestation:
- Caulking any cracks or holes in your foundation
- Sealing any vents or openings with mesh screens
- Keep you lawn clear of landscaping debris, including covering and placing firewood a safe distance from your house
- Control moisture levels within your home (a dehumidified may be helpful for homes located in high-humidity parts of the country)
Protecting your home in advance is always the recommended treatment for termites, but it is not the only solution. If you have yet to take preventative measures and do suspect a termite infestation, there is no time to waste. For termite control services and treatment costs in northern Palm Beach and Port St. Lucie, schedule an inspection with Travis Pest Management today.