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Know The Dangerous Difference: Ants vs Termites

June 10, 2019


Ants : Several ant species are commonly seen swarming. These species include: The Florida carpenter ant, the white-footed ant, the fire ant, and the field ant. Swarming is the method by which new ant colonies enter our homes and buildings. There are several things we can do to protect our homes from these swarmers.

  • Use yellow bulbs for outdoor lighting wherever possible. Yellow lights draw less insects than the white lights.
  • Seal entrance points by caulking and sealing around fascia boards, soffits, and windows.
  • Remove and replace any rotten wood on the exterior of the structure.
  • Remove any rotten wood such as old railroad ties, fen
    ces, dead tree branches and wood piles from the property.
  • Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.
  • Keep screening on soffit vents and patios intact.

 

 

Termites: We have three main types of swarming termites in Florida.

  • Drywood Termites: These are a very common species of termite that can infest structures, and/or its contents. This termite typically swarms at night, and is attracted to light. Unfortunately, this draws them to our homes from other sources such as wood fences, dead trees, and other structures. This termite can also be brought into the home in infested pieces of furniture . The telltale signs of this termite’s presence are either the swarmers themselves, their wings, or the fecal pellets they expel from their galleries in the wood. Drywood termites live in rather small colonies, but a structure may have multiple colonies which can cause extensive damage. While drywood termites may be found in any Florida county, the farther south you go in Florida the worse they become. Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin , Palm Beach, Broward , Dade and Monroe counties being the worst on the east coast.

  • Subterranean Termites: These are the most destructive of all the termites. There are several invasive species of subterranean termites in Florida that pose a serious threat to our structures. As the name implies, this species comes from the ground where they nest in colonies containing as many as six million individuals! This is a very “cryptic” termite meaning they work from the inside out. You may not notice any signs of damage to the structure. What you can look for is either the swarmers themselves, their wings, or blistering of the wood . This termite also makes what we call exploratory mud tubes when seeking out a food source. The size of subterranean termite colonies make them very destructive. The invasive species such as Formosan, and Asian subterranean termites are far and away the worst. The Formosan has been found in almost every county in Florida, including Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward and Dade counties. The Asian subterranean termite has been found in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

     

  • Dampwood Termites: This species is the least destructive of the termite species and as its name implies, it likes very wet wood. If this termite is present in wood on the home, the moisture problem needs to be corrected.

 

Nozzle Nolen can provide for control of both Drywood termites, and Subterranean termites . We also can treat preventively for both of these species before they attack your structure. We provide service in Indian River, St. Lucie , Martin, Palm Beach , Broward , and Dade counties. The cities of Riviera Beach, North Palm Beach, and Palm Beach Island are currently infested with the Asian and Formosan subterranean termites as are the areas of Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter Farms. These aggressive termites are spreading every year.




 

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