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The Rise of a New Termite Species Found in Florida

New Termite Species Found in Florida

South Florida is home to many different termite species, including two invasive subterranean species, Asian and Formosan termites. In the continental US, these two aggressive termite species overlap only in South Florida. While the Formosan termite’s range extends from Key West, Florida to Charleston, South Carolina, Asian termites don’t move north of Palm Beach County, Florida. Well… they haven’t yet.

According to David Fleshler’s Sun Sentinel article, “2 termites mate, create havoc for South Florida,” researchers noticed the two “formidable non-native species” were swarming at the same time of year, since 2014. One researcher on both studies even mentioned that he witnessed the two species mating in the Ft. Lauderdale area where he lives.

“This is worrisome,” said Thomas Chouvenc, research assistant at the University of Florida’s Subterranean Termite laboratory in Davie, “as the combination of genes between the two species results in highly vigorous hybridized colonies that can develop twice as fast as the two parental species.”

Researchers say that the really troubling thing about these hybrid termites lies in the fact that they possess the potential to cause more devastating damage much faster than their parents. Many questions are circulating concerning this possible hybrid subterranean termite.

  • Will these termites be able to withstand colder climates?
  • Will they be sterile adults like many hybrids?
  • Will this hybrid be confined to South Florida?
  • How fast will hybrid colonies grow?

Adding to the horror of faster developing, more aggressive, difficult to control termites who are hungry for all types of wood, experts point out that, “a termite colony can live up to 20 years with millions of individuals, and that “the damaging potential of a hybrid colony remains a serious threat to homeowners, even if the hybrid colony does not produce fertile winged termites.”

How can homeowners prevent termites from entering their property, especially extremely aggressive termites, like this new hybrid?

  • Fill in all cracks and crevices in your home’s foundation, around all potential entry points.
  • Repair or replace leaky faucets and moisture creating conditions in basements and around the outside of your home.
  • Check wood structures regularly for any unusual activity such as termite waste or damaged wood.
  • Check for mud tunnels built by subterranean termites to access your home from their nearby underground nests.

Truly Nolen’s Total Termite Protection Plan

The best assurance for termite prevention involves contacting a trusted professional pest control company to set up a thorough inspection to evaluate your home and set up a customized protection system for your home. Our trained professionals inspect the interior and exterior of your home, around potential entry points, as well as checking in places termites like to hide.

Truly Nolen offers our Total Termite Protection Plan, geared to control and prevent any and all termite issues. Your Truly Nolen technician “thinks like a bug,” addressing all potential termite areas inside and outside your home with our extensive Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that combines above and below ground treatments into one plan focused on the treatment that your particular home requires.

Focusing on both the soil around and beneath your home, as well as your house, Truly Nolen safeguards your home and family against all types of termites, even new subterranean species. We treat termite prone areas and unlike other companies, we treat areas where termites are likely to hide on the interior of your homes including attics, wall voids, eaves, doors, windows and concrete slabs.

On the exterior, Truly Nolen treats cracks and crevices in your foundation, crawlspaces, spaces between slab joints, decks, unfinished wooden landscape features, fences, tree stumps and any other wooden areas on your property.

How It’s Done

Known for our constantly updating techniques and state of the art equipment,
our applications get the job done with several invasive and non-invasive methods, providing your family and home complete protection. Here’s the breakdown:

The Tornado: For cracks and crevices in finished surfaces, or termite galleries, the tornado forces a high-pressure mixture of materials with water and air as a propellant deep into cracks and crevices, penetrating deep inside doors, window sills, window jambs and moldings.

High Pressure Mister: Treats unfinished wood in wall voids, attics and other vulnerable places with high-pressure water mixed with active ingredients.

Liquid Treatments: Treating the soil around and under your home with liquid treatments in trenches and through small drilled holes creates a barrier around your foundation, your concrete slab and tub traps.

Under Slab Protection: Utilizing lightweight, stainless steel injection rods, we apply 360-degree coverage that saves you time and money.

As South Florida braces for the new hybrid super subterranean termite, fearing increased damage to Miami-Dade, Broward structures and other homes and businesses in the area, Truly Nolen urges homeowners to act immediately to prevent extensive termite damage with our Total Termite Protection Plan. Contact Truly Nolen to schedule a free termite inspection and get on the termite defensive with a plan customized for your home and family’s needs!

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