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Termite Season is Coming to Tequesta

February 23, 2018


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If you've lived in Tequesta, Florida for any amount of time, you've heard about termites. Many pests find human dwellings a convenient place to shelter and find food. Many are quite good at procreating quickly. Many can be a bit scary looking. Well, termites are all these things, and on top of this, they are perhaps the most expensive pest in America. Billions of dollars are spent each year repairing the damage that termites cause to wood in or around buildings throughout the country. Taking steps to prevent these destructive wood eaters is vital, but just when is the best time to get the jump on termites? With spring approaching, it's a good time to begin thinking about how termites could affect you, but don't let spring be the only period where you keep termites in mind.

Ideally, Florida termites would follow a predictable pattern that could be utilized to help prevent their invading our properties, but the truth isn't that simple. With relatively mild temperatures for most of the year, termite activity varies between species, and on the whole, termites will be operating whenever they can. 

The most observable activity of termites is when they swarm, and this is actually an important indicator, as swarming is how termite colonies spread and new colonies form. But again, the climate in places like Tequesta make it possible for many species of termites to settle in, and this means that even swarming can't be relied on to help property owners know how to go about defending their investments.

Assistant Researcher Thomas Chouvenc, Assistant Professor William H. Kern, Professor Rudolf H. Scheffrahn, and Distinguished Professor Nan-Yao Su have been leaders in the field of termite entomology, working at the University of Florida. In one study, which covered fifteen of the most common species of termite active in Florida, they showed that the most swarming events occur between March and June, but that depending on the species, swarming events happen during every season. This means that termites could appear on your property at any time of the year, a risk you don't want to be unprepared for.

As previously mentioned, there are quite a few termite species living in Florida, but they all have one thing in common, termites love wood. With a diet of cellulose, termites are a nightmare for human structures, the vast majority of which are framed in cellulose-rich wood. Termite workers forage in a fairly large radius out from their nests, with the most destructive species tunneling underground to reach their food supply unseen. Once a suitable piece of wood is found, termites tunnel into it, systematically hollowing it out from the inside. This can lead to sagging floors and ceilings, buckling walls, and even collapsed sections of structures.

For all this talk, perhaps you've never come across termites yourself in Florida; well, don't expect that to continue. Another project from the University of Florida calculated that half of South Florida structures will be at risk of termite infestation by 2040, and the Northern parts of the state aren't looking all that great either. One big reason for this potentially disastrous trend is that many people treat termites reactively, rather than taking steps to stop termites before they have a chance to settle in.

Nozzle Nolen is working hard to reverse the growth and spread of termites in Tequesta and the greater West Palm Beach area, and our primary weapon in combatting the wood-destroying menace is Sentricon® System with Always Active™. Developed by distinguished Professor Su, Sentricon® with Always Active™ is an incredibly effective system that completely eliminates termite colonies while using minimal active ingredient and slowing termite feeding even faster than it kills them. Nozzle Nolen's experienced and knowledgeable technicians can inspect your Tequesta home or business, identifying the source of the infestation. We can then install the bait stations that Sentricon® with Always Active™ uses, creating a barrier of protection around your house. Termite workers actually prefer the bait to wood, and Su's tests have shown that even a single day of feeding on and bringing the bait back to the nest can destroy an entire colony in roughly 90 days.

You may not be able to predict when termites will be most likely to wander onto your property, and you may not be able to avoid them spreading to your Tequesta neighborhood, but with the help of Nozzle Nolen and Sentricon® with Always Active™ you can have year-round protection against wood-eating pests that will keep them from damaging the investment you hope to preserve for years to come.




 

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