Helpful Hints: Subterranean Termite Tips

  • Repair broken windows and weather stripping around doors and windows
  • Eliminate moisture build-up around the perimeter of your home
  • Repair loose mortar around home foundation
  • Address structural water leaks promptly
  • Utilize non-cellulous mulch in plant beds. If you do choose to use natural mulch, it is important to remove it annually instead of placing new mulch on top of existing mulch based on research.
  • If your home is built with a crawlspace, remove all cellulous debris from under the home where in contact with soil, this attracts termites.
  • Clear gutters of debris
  • Have your home inspected annually by a knowledgeable and qualified person
  • In Florida, be sure to maintain a subterranean termite warranty on your home.
  • Contact us at 239-543-3100 for more information and to see if your home qualifies for the Sentricon System.

The ‘Myth’ of Swam Season:

  • Swarm season is  bit of a misconception. This refers to the time of year, where termite colonies make their “nuptial, or “mating” flights and only refers to that.
  • Please remember, swarm season is the time you are likely to see the actual termites flying; However, termites feeding on your home is always in season.
  • These insects are active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 days out of the year, especially in Florida.
  • THEY NEVER SLEEP, OR STOP EATING. There is no ‘Season’ for their feeding.

How to Distinguish Termites from Other Insects?

Termites are often mistaken for Ants and can be identified based on the following features:

  • Swarmer termites (alates) have long wings with respect to their bodies whereas ant’s wings stop at the back end, or only slightly past their bodies.
  • Common for many to ‘swarm’.
  • Ants have a tapered waistline, while termites have a thick one.
  • Termite wings are equal in size, while ants are not.
  • Termites have straight antennae and ants are slightly elbowed.
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