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Termites In Florida
Florida is relatively rich in termite species diversity compared to the rest of mainland United States that requires expertise in termite control. Twenty-one termite species were recorded in Florida by University of Florida entomologists and among them it was established that at least six were invasive species (more than any other state). The large diversity of termite species is mostly due to the sub-tropical climate of Florida and high human activity. Only a handful of species are actually considered pests among all termite species present in Florida.
The Time Of Year Termites Swarm In Florida
Subterranean termites are the most destructive. They swarm in the spring and fall during their reproductive stages. Drywood termites typically swarm at night during the months of May, June, and July.
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Signs You May Have Termites And Need Termite Control
There are several clues that may point towards the need for termite control. There are various signs that a trained technician will look for, however, one of the first noticeable signs is the presence of wings. Termites lose their wings when they swarm. Drywood termites typically swarm at night during the months of May, June, and July. Subterranean termites swarm in the spring and fall.
Other signs include termite damage present on exterior of home or business, presence of termite droppings, termite tubes and presence of termites in other stages of it’s life cycle.
The State of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has made an e-pamphlet available entitled PROTECTING YOURSELF AND YOUR PROPERTY AGAINST SUBTERRANEAN TERMITES. The pamphlet is very helpful in understanding the complexity of termite control for Subterranean Termites.
Termite Life Cycle
Termites are the most damaging and prevalent bugs we deal with in Florida. Termites are social insects that form large colonies. The termite life cycle begins with swarming events by male and female alates (termites with wings) that are produced from mature colonies. A male and a female pair from such swarms drop their wings (dealates) and begin a new colony, becoming king and queen. The queen lays eggs which develop into larvae. The larvae then become workers or soldiers. The new colony grows to reach thousands to millions of individuals over several years, depending on the species. When mature, the colony produces nymphs, which turn into alates. The cycle starts all over when such alates then proceed to the dispersal flight (swarm).
Differences Between Flying Termites And Flying Ants
Distinctive differences are as follows:
- Ants have a pinched waist. Termites have a broad waist.
- Ants have bent antennae. Termite antennae resemble straight strings of beads.
- Termite wings are the same length. Ants have two distinctly different wing lengths.