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Termites In South Florida: A Year-Round Problem

December 22, 2016


pest control technician checking termite system

What’s not to love about South Florida? Our year-round climate makes it possible to go boating in December, take a bike ride in January, and spend the day at the beach in February. There are very few places in the country where flip-flops are perfectly acceptable footwear all winter long. The South Florida climate is perfect for all kinds of outdoor living activities, and we wouldn’t change it for a thing. However, it is not just people that enjoy the year-round tropical climate here

Termites are just one of the pests that enjoy the year-round activity in Florida. Thanks to our humid weather and mild temperatures there are several different species of termites that can pose a problem to your home. The largest culprits are subterranean and drywood termites. These insects range between a quarter and a half inch long and have extraordinarily strong jaws in order to be able to eat their preferred food, cellulose. Cellulose is found in trees, rotting vegetation, mulch, and other organic substances. It is also found in the products that make up most home building materials such as wood, drywall, and wall paper glue. Unlike in other parts of the country, these termites are likely to swarm in the winter as well as the spring. When a nest becomes overcrowded, winged termites called swarmers will take to the air to start a new nest, possibly right in your basement.

If you have ever seen the damage that can be done by termites, you know that they can be a home owner’s worst nightmare. More often than not, homeowners have no idea that they have an infestation until termites have already done quite a bit of damage. You might not notice anything until you see what looks to be water stains on your ceiling or even some sagging of the drywall both on the ceiling and along the walls. You might begin to notice tell-tale darkening or tunnels in your beams or other woodwork. You may also notice if you tap on your wood that it sounds hollow. If any of these signs exist, call the South Florida termite control experts here at Nozzle Nolen right away so we can assess the extent of the infestation and help you protect your home from further damage.

The best defense against termite infestations is to make sure they do not get into your home in the first place. These wood destroying insects are a billion dollar problem in the United States. Don’t let it become yours. Contact Nozzle Nolen today if you've noticed termite activity in or around your home or if you simply want to be proactive in the fight against termites!




 

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