It doesn’t matter if your home is made of brick, block or stucco. Or even if it’s built on a concrete slab. The truth is, termites can get in to any home through tiny cracks and crevices less than 1/16 inches wide. To make matters worse, your home may be sitting on up to six subterranean termite colonies in a single acre plot, with each colony housing up to millions of termites.
And once they’re in your house? Termites eat non-stop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The problem is, termites are rarely seen until the damage is already done.
Florida Termite Species
Subterranean Termites live under the soil and are quite industrious creatures. They dig through the soil looking for food and can enter buildings through very small cracks in the slab and foundation of your home. Once they locate food, a tree stump or your home, they make a feeding trail back to their home or colony.
Drywood Termites or Swarming Termites live and feed in dry wood and do not come into contact with soil. They can swarm over a building and enter it through unscreened soffit vents or gable and ridge vents. They can also enter through small cracks and crevices around the exterior of the building. Once they establish a colony in one part of a building, they can then swarm into other parts of the building.
What’s the difference between subterranean and drywood termites?
Unlike subterranean termites or the more aggressive and destructive Formosan subterranean termite that live in the ground, drywood termite colonies live in the wood they eat. In both cases, termites are almost never seen until their damage has already been done.
The time to take care of a termite situation is before you even know you have it.
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