Termites in Southwest Florida | Lenny’s Bug Blog

Posted: February 28, 2018 at 8:41 am


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Subterranean Termitesrequire some moisture to survive, so their nests usually contact the soil. If theres enough moisture in a wall or other wood structure, though, termites may nest right in the wood.

Subterranean termites live in the ground, unlike other termites which living inside the wood they eat. The ground provides the moisture needed by the subterranean termites. When they find a food source above ground they build a safe pathway or mud tube to create a connection from their home to the food.

Subterranean termites are among the most destructive to wood, which they consume for food. In nature, termites are beneficial to ecosystems as they break down dead trees, but they are damaging to wood structures such as houses and barns. Three main types of adult termites live within a colony: reproducer (also known as alates or swarmers), soldiers and workers. Subterranean termites get their name from the underground, interconnected tunnels they create.

Subterranean Termites SwarmersSoft-bodied insects with straight antennas, broad waists approximately inch in length and two pair of wings of equal length.In Florida, the major swarm normallyoccurs in early spring, between February through May. Swarming can occur mid morning through late afternoon, most oftenright after a rain shower and warm sunny conditions are present. The environmental conditions (Humidity) will allow the Swarmers to take flight, mate and find their way back to a soil and/or moisture environment to start colonization. Swarming Termites are normally attracted to light and after flight will shed their wing. Swarmer bodies with and without wings are found near windows, bathrooms, vents, light fixtures and doors Subterranean Termites.Swarmers can only survive in the open environment less than 24hoursdependingon the humidity levels. Swarmers do not eat wood/cellulose material and their sole purpose is tosuccessfully mate and colonize at a suitable protective environment.

Exit holesSwarming termites will normally swarm from an exist hole that was createdby the Subterranean Termite (worker), the only cast member that eats and damages the wood. The exit holes

Termites are highly social insects with one of the most sophisticated family structures in the animal kingdom. There are approximately 2,700 species of termites found worldwide.

Mud Tunnels / Tubes Foraging Subterranean Termite workers construct mud tunnels, size of a drinking straw that are environmentally controlled and as a protective highway from one location to the next.

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In natural areas, termites are essential organisms in the environment. Termites decompose cellulose, the main component of plant cell walls and recycle nutrients back into the soil for use by other living organisms. Termites are also an important food source for many amphibians, reptiles and birds. Unfortunately, termites receive a bad reputation because they are unable to distinguish between the dead wood in the forest and the dead wood used in our homes.

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