When living in Florida, it is crucial to understand that termites are a year-round problem and can find their way into any home. Termites live and work together in large numbers; combined with an insatiable appetite, termites pose a massive threat to our properties.
Properties that are most susceptible to termites are those near plenty of food sources. Termites are always on the lookout for new sources of food and moisture. Tree stumps, fallen trees, old untreated fences or playsets, mulch, water leaks, and excessive ground moisture attract termites.
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Subterranean termites nest in the soil; they do not nest within the structural wood or other wooden items they’re feeding on. After moving into a structure and determining a food source is present, the subterranean termites begin feeding and typically won’t leave until the food runs out or they are forced out. Hungry termites damage structural beams, insulation, wallpaper, wood trim, and other structural elements.
Drywood termites prefer sound wood. They don’t require the high amount of moisture that subterranean termites need for survival. They get the water they require from the wood they are feeding on and the humidity that is in the air.
Unlike subterranean termites, drywood termites do nest within the wood they are feeding on. Attic beams, exposed timber, antique wooden furniture, and wood trim are all susceptible to termite damage. A drywood termite infestation usually occurs after wood already infested with the termites is introduced into your home.