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The dangers of subterranean termite swarms

The dangers of subterranean termite swarms

Termites can wreak havoc with Florida homes. There are many different types of termites, but perhaps the most damaging is the subterranean termite. They nest underground, and to build their nests, they must bore holes that make the ground weak where it is supposed to be supporting your house. Left untreated, they can create enough damage to cause a house to collapse.

Termites typically swarm in the spring, but there can be smaller swarms during the summer months. The most common time for a swarm to occur is after a warm rain when the soil temperature is about 70 degrees. Termites swarm when searching for mates during breeding season. Only winged termites reproduce and can start new colonies. These are referred to as "swarmed" termites. The swarmers leave their colonies to start ones. 

These termites are poor flyers and mainly drift on the prevailing winds. Light attracts them, so you can often find wings or dead termites near windows, outdoor lights, and other sources of light. When they land, they chew off their wings to mate.

Termites are easier to eliminate if you catch the infestation early. If you see signs of termites, it's important to get it checked right away. Florida residents should consider an annual inspection to catch any problems early. 

While you may hear about home remedies to get rid of termites, this is not recommended. The average homeowner does not know how to locate all of the places where termites might be hiding, leaving you with the same problem. You may also see old signs of termite infestation and think it's active. Consult a trained pest control specialist who specializes in all types of termite control.

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