Termites invading homes on treeless properties
Termites invading homes on treeless properties. Can it happen? Even if the lot has been cleared of all trees and brush years ago? The short answer is, yes they can. Here is the simple explanation on how they do it.
Swarmers! Termite swarmers are the winged reproductives of termites. When they decide the conditions are suitable to swarm, which is usually during the wintertime after a rain, these winged termites fly off in search of new colonies to create. If a termite swarmer happens to fly into a neighborhood without trees, it’s all the more reason for them to infest your home since they have nothing else to feed on. When winged termites are in flight they can end up anywhere. They don’t have built in sensor organs that lead them to the forest. The wind can also play a role in the direction winged termites head in. When the winged termite lands, the next step is to establish a colony. They don’t simply give up if they land on a lot that has no trees. their survival instincts are much more powerful than that. After all, these insects have been around for much longer than humans. It is believed that they have been around since the age of the dinosaurs.
Wait, that's not all! When a property is cleared to build a house the first 16 inches or so of earth is removed from the top. It takes only four to five years for subterranean termites to tunnel their way back into the area leaving your house exposed to these hungry pests.
This is the simple reason why termites invading homes on treeless properties is probable. Even if a lot has been cleared for several years, it is still possible to acquire a subterranean termite colony. Any structure in the state of Florida can be attacked by termites. You also might want to check out this article about a hybrid termite called a “super termite”.
Most of us know that termites are social insects, in fact, the highly effective termiticide Termidor uses this and exploits this making it the termite’s weakness. They don’t work alone, but in an orderly intelligence. With this, they work as a well defined unit and helps them become very efficient at establishing themselves in a house they have infested.
Speaking of the order of a termite colony, they all have certain jobs that they perform and contribute to the colony. They include workers, soldiers, nymphs and of course the reproductives that are also called swarmers which are the most common sign of an infestation. At the central command of all this is the queen. Kill the queen and the entire colony is dead. That’s the whole idea behind termite control. Actually, their are also repellent pesticides that are out there that attempt to keep the termites from crossing over to an extent, but they are not as effective as a non-repellent and break down easier. That’s why personally I do not recommend a repellent termiticide, but a non-repellent, namely Termidor although a re-treatment should be done after five years due to the type of sandy soil and torrential downpours we deal with in Florida. Secondly, some years ago a new trend was started by a well known pest control company, that termite re-treatments should be done every ten years. Well, they recently discovered that there have been breakdowns in the barrier in seven, so to be safe, we and most other companies recommend five years. Termites invading homes on treeless properties is not uncommon at all.