Termite swarming season is here

Termite swarming season gets under way in late February and early March as temperatures begin to warm. Swarming means the termites are leaving their colonies to search for new nesting sites. Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson is again warning Floridians to take steps to protect their home. Termites cause about $750 million in property damage in the United States annually.

Termites are most abundant in the southwestern and southern U.S., with the Gulf Coast commonly known as “the termite belt.” Since termites try to avoid light and open air spaces, the insects do their damage behind walls. Many homeowners don’t realize they have a termite problem until swarming season when they see them flying around their homes.

The swarmers are winged, black insects about one-quarter-inch long and look a lot like flying ants. Termites can be categorized into two groups by their nesting sites. The earth-dwelling termites that make tunnels in the ground or build tubes above the earth are called subterranean termites. The second group, the wood-dwelling termites that have no contact with the earth, are called drywood termites.

Here are some steps you can take to mitigate termite damage:

• Remove wood piles and other cellulose sources from under and next to homes.

• Have an annual inspection by a licensed professional pest control company.

• Direct water sources, such as air conditioner drip lines and roof downspouts, away from the structure foundation.

• When purchasing a home, carefully check its termite protection history.

• Obtain a termite protection contract and renew it annually.

In spite of termites, this is a GREAT PLACE TO LIVE!

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