The Termite Life Cycle
Termites are creatures of habit and cycle. Be it the phases of the seasons or the tempo of the colony, there is a definite beat that they move to. Understanding this beat, and protecting your house with it in mind, can be very useful for those concerned (understandably) about the threat of termite infestation. Having Tampa pest control experts on your side, those deeply knowledgeable in the customs of this prevalent local bug, will go the extra distance needed to cover yourself from the threat.
In Florida, where seasons are often overlooked, there is still a definite time period over the course of a year for termite colonization and relocation. All sub-species of termites move to different rhythms, and the season they colonize or the time of day they are active can even be diverse depending on a very specific localization. No matter the species, however, the general life cycle begins with a flying swarm. After mating, termites lose their wings and settle into a wooden home called a colony.
Four types of termites are going to be commonly found during these swarms in the Tampa area: Dampwood, the feared Eastern Subterranean sub-species, Formosan, and Powderpost. Most begin swarming in the spring, but in this area, that can easily mean February. Eastern Subterranean termites, the ones that are most commonly associated with wood damage, swarm from February to April (for the most part) in the Tampa area. The Dampwood variety, much less of a concern from a damage perspective, actually swarm in the summer. But whenever they do, inevitably they will try to colonize around a queen.
As the colony blooms around the queen, your structures are at the greatest risk. Termites act in a very similar nature to ants, with workers and soldiers spreading out around the nest. The nest, however, can be in your walls, and it is the workers that will tear into wood in a quest to feed the colony. A well-established termite colony has been known to consume thirteen ounces of wood a day. This can cause chairs to break and walls to fold rather quickly.
Queen termites have been known to live for decades once they find a suitable environment for a colony whether this be a tree stump in the woods or a beam in the crossbars of your attic. Workers and soldiers die off at a much faster rate (one to two years) but are just as quickly replaced. The chance for destruction is real, especially in Florida, and for these reasons, trusting Tampa pest control professionals for your termite management is crucial. Apex has the tools and the decades of experience with these creatures to find the right solution every time. For more information, contact us at (866) 675-4070. We always offer a free, no-obligation quote and visit.