Termites In Florida: FAQs Answered

May 9, 2024

Termites pose a significant threat to homes and businesses in Florida, where the warm, moist climate creates an ideal environment for these destructive pests. In this article, we aim to address common questions and concerns regarding termite infestations in Florida. From identification and prevention strategies to effective treatment options and the significance of termite bonds, we provide comprehensive insights to help home and business owners safeguard their properties against the threat of termites in the Sunshine State.

What do termites look like in Florida?

Termites in Florida typically appear as small, pale, and soft-bodied insects, measuring around 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length. They have a distinct, pale white to light brown coloration and are often mistaken for ants due to their size. Their bodies are segmented, and they have straight, bead-like antennae. Subterranean termites, the most common type in Florida, have translucent wings and are often seen during swarming season. These pests are renowned for their destructive behavior, causing damage to wooden structures.

When do termites swarm in Florida?

Florida is home to more termite species than any other state, and different species swarm during different times of year. Many species swarm between November and May, while some others swarm from August through November and still others swarm from March until June. Termites do not typically swarm during cold weather, but since Florida’s climate is consistently warm, each termite species swarms on their own schedule; in most other states, termites only swarm during spring and summer months.

When is termite season in Florida?

No matter where they are living, termites are active year-round. However, in many areas, they change their behaviors during colder weather and will not swarm. In Florida, the weather stays warm enough that they do not have to change their behaviors at any point during the year and they will swarm whenever they are ready to start a new colony; in other words, termite season in Florida is year-round.

How to prevent termites in Florida

To prevent termites in Florida, there are several essential measures you should take. First, maintain proper drainage to reduce moisture around your property, as termites are attracted to damp conditions. Fix any leaks or drainage issues promptly. Next, keep firewood, mulch, and wood debris away from your home or business's foundation. Regularly inspect and seal any cracks or gaps in your foundation and exterior walls. Consider using termite-resistant building materials for construction or renovations. Lastly, schedule regular professional termite inspections and invest in a termite prevention program, such as baiting systems or liquid termiticides.

Homeowner's Guide to Termite Treatment and Prevention

How to get rid of termites in Florida

To eliminate termites in Florida, consider professional pest control services, as termites can cause significant damage. Termite treatment options include liquid termiticides applied around the foundation, termite bait systems, and fumigation for severe infestations. Hiring a licensed pest control expert is essential, as they will assess the extent of the infestation and select the most suitable treatment method. Regular inspections and ongoing preventative measures, like maintaining proper moisture levels and reducing wood-to-soil contact, are crucial to prevent future termite infestations in the Florida climate. Immediate action, coupled with professional guidance, is key to effectively eradicating termites in the region.

Are termites common in Florida?

Termites are a very prevalent pest in Florida. In fact, Florida has the worst termite problem in the U.S. Unfortunately, Florida has the ideal climate for termites to thrive- the weather is almost always warm, the air is humid, and the ground contains a high moisture content. Termites are so common in Florida that the average acre of land typically contains 3 to 5 termite colonies.

How bad are termites in Florida?

Termites in Florida cause more structural damage than hurricanes, floods, and fires combined. Termite damages cost Florida property owners more than $500 million per year. Of the 21 termite species that reside in Florida, six species in particular are especially problematic.

Do I need termite protection in Florida?

Termite protection is highly recommended for Florida property owners. In addition to the fact that Florida has the most termites in the U.S., these wood-destroying pests have a reputation for remaining hidden until extensive damage is done. Termite protection is a good idea no matter the location of a property, but in a state like Florida, it is especially important.

What is a termite bond in Florida?

A termite bond is a contractual agreement between a property owner and a licensed pest control company. It provides ongoing protection against termite infestations. Property owners pay an annual fee, and in return, the company commits to inspecting the property regularly and providing termite treatment if an infestation is discovered. The bond typically covers the cost of termite damage repairs, offering financial peace of mind. It ensures that the property remains termite-free, often with annual inspections and preventive treatments. Termite bonds are common in Florida, given the prevalence of termite issues in the state, and they are an important safeguard for home and business owners.

How much is a termite inspection in Florida?

At Excel, you will receive your initial inspection for free. Termite treatments are more costly than inspections; in most cases, termite treatment costs in Florida range from hundreds to thousands. The price of treatment varies depending on the severity of the infestation and the treatment techniques required. For instance, a barrier treatment alone may cost hundreds, while fumigation combined with an outdoor barrier treatment will cost closer to thousands.

How often should you treat for termites in Florida?

Frequency of treatment depends on the type of treatment your property received. Bait stations and liquid treatments typically require annual re-inspection and retreatment. Fumigation can last for up to 5 years without retreatment, but reinspection is recommended sooner.

Are termite inspections required in Florida?

Inspections for termites and other WDO’s (wood-destroying organisms) are not always required in Florida, though they are always strongly recommended; they can prevent thousands of dollars worth of damage and they can help to avoid the purchase or selling of an infested or affected property. During the purchase of a property using a loan, termite inspections are often required. Certain lenders demand proof of homeowner’s insurance, and the decision as to whether or not a WDO inspection is needed falls with either the lender or the insurance company. Even if the deciding party does not require an inspection, they will typically request one anyway. Inspections are always required when a loan is obtained through the VA or FHA.

If you have more questions about termites in Florida, or if you are ready to set up a termite treatment and prevention program for your property, check out our termite control page or call our office today. Excel Pest Services is an Authorized Operator of the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System, and we offer a 100% guarantee on our services. At Excel, we get rid of the termites and the stress of termites.