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Subterranean Termites

March 14, 2017

termites in the ground near a west palm beach home

Termite swarm season is fast approaching, don’t be one of the many South Floridian homeowners to fall victim to the “silent destroyers.”  Instead know your enemy, know the warning signs, and know the best plan of attack.

Homeowners in South Florida mainly struggle with two types of termites: the infamous subterranean termites and the insidious drywood termites.  While they do have some things in common, these two types of termites are actually quite different which is important for homeowners to note because they each require their specific method of treatment.  Today, we will focus on subterranean termites.

Know Your Enemy

Subterranean termite infestations are the most common type of termite infestation across the United States and most certainly in Florida as well.  They must nest in the soil and close to a source of water in order to live, so you will find subterranean termite colonies in the ground underneath and around your house.  They build mud tubes as a system of transport that they use to safely reach their food source.  The fact that they live at the ground level makes it much easier to implement preventative treatment.  It is as simple as applying termicide to the yard so the termites won’t want to ‘settle down’ there. 

Know the Warning Signs

When it comes to subterranean termites, the two warning signs to look out for are swarmers and mud tubing. 

Now that spring is here, you may see swarms of winged termites that venture out to find mates in the late afternoon and evening, typically found buzzing in sunny spots by the windows and doorways.  If not winged termites, then you may find tiny piles of discarded wings on windowsills or by the ledge. 

However, the mud tubing is the clear and indisputable identifier of a subterranean termite infestation.  These mud tubes are usually brown in color and they have a diameter that is about the width of a pencil.  You can find these earthen tubes along foundation walls, support piers, sill plates, floor joists, etc. 

Take note that left-behind piles of poop pellets can indicate drywood termites, but this is NOT the case for subterranean termites because they use their feces as a building material for the mud tubing.

Know the Best Plan of Attack

For subterranean termites, the treatment options include various kinds of termicide treatments (including liquid, repellant, and non-repellant) or treatment by using subterranean termite baits that are directly applied to the affected soil and wood.  In order to get rid of a subterranean termite infestation, Nozzle Nolen offers both an advanced termite baiting system and a termidor treatment. 

The baiting system involves using bait that the termites will mistake for food and bring back to the colony where the bait will then kill off the entire colony.  The termidor treatment involves applying a pet-friendly liquid around the yard that will kill any subterranean termites that come in contact with it. Both treatment options are safe and effective!

If you are interested in our termite treatment options or in scheduling a free inspection, give Nozzle Nolen a call today!


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