Saturday, April 14, 2012

Damage from Subterranean Termites in Florida

In the Orlando area, proactive termite and pest control is a good idea to avoid the headaches and costs from damage inflicted by subterranean termites.

Subterranean termites are termites who nest within soil. Although termites have several modes of nesting, soil nesting is the most common for many species. The other modes of nesting are arboreal nesting, mound nesting, and wood nesting.

Soil nesting has many advantages for termites, and some species have been very adaptable in cohabiting with humans in human modified environments, like in urban and semi urban areas. This adaptability has put them in conflict with humans.

Subterranean termites have an ability to thrive in urban areas while consuming almost all types of wood. Developing into huge colonies, they have an edge over other species due to a lack of competition. Through underground tunnels that radiate out in all directions, the termites forage for sources of wood. In semi urban areas, other types of subterranean termites may move in to infest buildings, especially those in disrepair without regular termite and pest control and those buildings that are poorly maintained.

A common trait of subterranean termites is their habit of building shelter tubes when they have to venture over exposed areas. These “mud tubes” are noticeable in heavy infestations. They allow the termites to cross exposed surfaces without getting seen, as well as protect them from dehydration.

Many subterranean termites are pale or whitish in color. Their underground habits mean that many species have evolved a pale color, often leading people to refer to them as “white ants.” Probably the most well known subterranean termite is the Formosan Subterranean Termite . This species has gained an unenviable reputation in many countries due to its migration.

Frequently Damaged Parts of a Building
Generally, if a building is attacked by subterranean termites, the most frequently damaged parts include parts like door and window frames, wooden skirts, wooden floors, and wall paneling. Wooden furnishings like cabinets and cupboards that are located close to, or touching a wall are also among the list of frequently damaged items. In heavy infestations, subterranean termites can and will attack wooden roofing, as well as paper and books, cardboard stacks and boxes. Termites have even been known to sometimes bite through wiring in the wall.

How Do Subterranean Termites Get Into a Building?
There are some areas of a house or building where subterranean termites frequently use to gain entry; these are for example:
  • Along electrical conduits built into the wall
  •  Along water pipes, especially those built into walls
  •  Bases of doorframes
  •  Stairways
  •  Crevices and gaps in wall and foundation masonry

Termites cause more damage to Central Florida homes than fire and storms. Yet, most homeowner's policies won't cover termite damage. To put your mind at ease, protect your home with a proactive termite protection plan implemented by a professional pest control company that serves the entire Orlando area.

Miller Enviro-Care has over 30 years of combined experience in Pest Prevention, Termite Protection, Irrigation Systems, Sod Supply and Lawn Care Solutions. Based in Oviedo, we are in business to protect the health, food, property and quality of our environment for customers throughout the Orlando area including, but not limited to Winter Springs, Casselberry, Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Maitland, Lake Mary, Sanford, Apopka and Winter Park. For more information, visit or call 407-359-8888

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