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Subterranean Termites vs. Drywood Termites

November 19, 2016

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There are many species of termite that live here in America, but there are really only two that Florida residents need to worry about, Drywood termites and subterranean termites. Knowing the differences between the two can help you to know which treatments will be effective at eliminating them from your Florida home or business.

One of the main differences between the two is that drywood termites will invade dry wood sources, and subterranean termites prefer moist, water damaged wood sources. Other facts about these two major species are as follows:

Subterranean Termites:

  • Live in the soil in large colonies numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

  • Form mud tunnels to enter buildings to access food sources.

  • Swarming can occur year-round.

  • Infestation usually not seen until damage is severe.

  • Cannot eradicate on your own.

Drywood Termites:

  • Live inside un-decayed wood with low moisture content.

  • Do not require contact with soil to live.

  • Swarming can occur year-round.

  • Can only be seen if you break open the wood they are hidden inside.

  • Infestation usually not seen until damage is severe.

  • Cannot eradicate on your own.

There are several signs that you should look for that termites leave behind when they are actively attacking the wooden structures inside your home. Look for things such as wood that appears crushed, wood that sounds hollow when tapped on, or wood that looks blistered. The more obvious signs include finding discarded sets of wings on window sills, tubs, and sinks, seeing termites swarming around the outside of your home, discovering mud tubes on the side of your foundation, and finding small piles of ‘frass’ (termite droppings).

The way to effectively eliminate termites in your Florida home or business depends on which species has invaded, where the infestation is centered, and a number of other factors. This is why it is always best to employ highly trained, certified experts, like the ones here at Nozzle Nolen! We know how to deal with termite infestations and how to protect your property from future invasions. Our experts have the training, experience, and innovative solutions to safely and effectively eliminate termites. We can provide you with effective termite monitoring solutions that will protect your home from becoming a haven for termites down the road. Some of the termite solutions that we offer here at Nozzle Nolen include: the Advance Termite Baiting System, Termidor treatments, tent fumigation, vault fumigation, tentless treatment, and preventative services.

To see how Nozzle Nolen can help you prevent the destruction that termites can cause in your Florida home. Give us a call today and schedule your free inspection!


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