Termite Season in the Southeast
Southern Termite Season
As temperatures climb in the spring months, termites begin to establish new colonies.
Following the last freeze of the winter season, you may see winged termites as swarms try to establish new colonies. These swarms are typically seen outside in the early morning carried by the breeze, however if you find them inside your home or business, it is a good indication that you have a termite problem.
The Cost of Termites
Termites cost homeowners billions of dollars of damage in the U.S. each year. Because they silently eat your home from the inside out, they can go undetected for a long time.
Even if you have not had termites before, getting an inspection is a good way to prevent problems from occurring since these pests do move around, especially during the spring season.
Types of Termites
The southeast is a prime habitat for termites because it warms up earlier in the year than many other places in the country. Termites also prefer the humid climate found in this region.
These are the five most common types of termites found in the southeast:
- Subterranean: Subterranean termites are widespread throughout the U.S. and very common in the southeast. Colonies of up to two million individuals can live underground or in protected, moist areas above ground.
- Drywood: As their name suggests, drywood termites do not need high moisture levels, which enables them to feed on a variety of wood products from home structures to furniture. They are especially hard to treat because they can establish several colonies within one house or structure.
- Formosan: Formosan termites are found throughout much of the southeast and live in huge underground colonies.
- Dampwood: Dampwood termites do not usually pose much of a threat to homes in the southeast. They need ample moisture and are primarily found in logs and dead trees in parts of Florida.
- Conehead: Conehead termites are concentrated in the Broward County, Florida region, but can spread quickly because they travel on the ground surface without the need for tunnels or mud tubes.
Proactive Termite Control
If you see any indications of termite swarms, have your home inspected by Peachtree Pest Control as soon possible. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.