Some notes on termites and termite control


Some notes on termites by Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control

With termite season about to begin we’ll be talking about termites often. Here are some various notes on termites and termite control.

Ocala, Lady Lake, The Villages, Leesburg, Inverness, Dunnellon, and the surrounding areas all share one particular need, termite control. Even though the swarm seasons have been quiet over the last several years, according the the head entomologist at the University of Gainesville, the healthy colonies are still out there. In fact, sometimes an unhealthy colony can be the cause of a swarm. Here are some various notes on termites that you may or may not know.

First, termites eat constantly by consuming wood and also paper non-stop. We are talking twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week, they have a voracious appetite. Now, take that into perspective and you will realize the damage an undetected termite colony can do to a house where termites go undetected – for years! I’ve seen it with my own eyes.

Termite mud tunnels

Termite tunnels along a wooden work bench.

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.

In Broward County, Florida, they have a certain species of termite called the Conehead termite. These guys actually do not live in the ground like our eastern subterranean termites, but live more like ants building mud tubes and nest above ground. They are another invasive species introduced to the region with their original origin being from the Caribbean. These termites are really aggressive and cause damage to property in a very short period of time. Broward County has a level of pest control to deal with that we here are mostly unaware of.