While termites in Florida are often noticed during swarming activity it’s important to know that termite season and termite colonies are always active. Proactive year-round treatment will reduce the potential for damage to your home and trees. Prevention vs. Damage Repair will save money in the long run.
Homeowners often think that because they don’t see termites swarming in the air, that it’s not termite season. This is a HUGE mistake. Termite colonies are active year-round and can enter a home from their subterranean colony at any time and do some serious damage. This invasion often occurs without the awareness of the homeowner.
“The termite problem is changing in Florida. With some invasive species spreading, we are entering a new norm in terms of potential termite damage” said Thomas Chouvenc, an assistant professor of urban entomology at the UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Davie. Chouvenc specializes in termite biology and pest control. “Florida’s year-round, warm climate has allowed three invasive termite species to thrive, cause structural damage to our homes and property, while some species are now having a concerning impact on our urban tree canopy.”
It’s important to know that treatment for termites depends on which termite species is present. Knowing which type of termite is invading your property determines the type of treatment that will be most effective.
“Monitoring for termite activity and damage is a critical first step to early detection and preventing damage to trees and houses.”, Chouvenc said. “There are currently two primary ways to protect a structure against subterranean termites: baits or liquid termiticides.”
Liquid termiticides like Termidor® is one alternative for treating termites. A crucial advantage Termidor® has over many other products is that it doesn’t repel termites.
Termites are able to detect the older chemicals in the soil and stay away from them. That means the termites remain active and unaffected, still exploring the area and potentially looking for ways into your home.
Termites can’t detect Termidor® so, as they continue to forage through the soil, they unknowingly come into contact with Termidor®. Termidor® kills termites through contact and ingestion.
Another option for termite treatment is Bait. Bait, if used properly, eliminates colonies which are able to feed on trees and property. The Sentricon® Always Active Termite Elimination System uses bait stations installed around the parameter of the home.
Sentricon® takes advantage of natural termite behavior. Worker termites constantly forage far and wide, looking for wood to feed their colony. When they find food, like the monitoring device in a Sentricon® bait station, they leave special scent trails to summon their nestmates to the food source.
This process is designed to kill the members of the colony, including the queen who is capable of laying millions of eggs in her lifetime.
In conclusion, whether you chose Termidor® or Sentricon®, year round termite monitoring and treatment is essential in the Northeast Florida area. The professionals at Peninsular Pest Control will inspect your home and make a recommendation as to the type of treatment that will be best suited to your particular situation.