Termites do not have a specific season of presence. These common pests typically are most active during the warmer months but are active all year long, especially in warmer climates. Because of this, termites in Florida are active for nearly the entirety of the year. Though there are various subspecies, the three most common species in Florida are drywood termites, dampwood termites and subterranean termites. All three of these varieties are notoriously destructive to your home and property.
Differences in Activity
Not surprisingly, the different species of termites differ in their activity levels. This characteristic can help you more easily identify which termite is invading your home:
- Drywood termites live in what the name suggests, dry wood. Common locations of this variety are window seals, attics and other areas where there is brittle wood as a food source. The species is active all year, mainly because they are usually found in homes and not affected by the weather.
- Dampwood termites enjoy moist wood. They can be found in basements, water-damaged rooms and even outside of your home in nearby fallen trees. They, too, are active year-round but can be less busy during rainy or colder seasons.
- Subterranean termites do not live inside your home. They prefer to live outside burrowed down into the soil. Though they still migrate into your home for wood, they return to their colony outside once they have scavenged for food. The weather highly dictates their activity levels. They cannot tolerate environments that are either too cold or too hot.
All three of these termite species are most visible between March and November. This is because many within an existing colony are relocating, trying to reproduce and establish new colonies. These groups, also known as swarms, do the least amount of damage during this time because they have lost the ability to chew. Such visible activity is a sign that these termites’ lifecycles are near an end.
Seeing hundreds of termites on the move can be alarming and should be reported immediately to an expert. This movement can mean that there are established infestations in or around your home. Despite the swarming insects doing little damage to home and property, those left within their colonies will continue to infest and forage for food.
Due to termites always being present, you should not look to a particular season to begin preparation for your home and property defense. The best course of action is getting an expert’s advice on getting rid of and preventing infestations from these unwanted intruders.
For more information on termite detection, prevention and extermination, please contact Pest Bear.