Could My Jacksonville Home Be At Risk For Termites?

June 26, 2019

Here in Florida where the climate is hot and humid almost year round, termites thrive no matter what time of year it is. However, spring and summer are especially busy times in the termite world. If you’ve ever wondered if your Jacksonville home could be at risk for termites, now is the time to find out.

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Why Spring and Summer are Busy Seasons for Termites

Although they’re active year-round, spring is commonly referred to as termite season. Spring is the time of year when the reproductive termites come out of the ground in a large swarm, find mates, then look for a place to start a new colony. The increase in the number of newly formed colonies makes both spring and summer a busy time for termites as they establish themselves.

Could Your Jacksonville Home be at Risk for Termites?

If there is a termite colony anywhere near your property, you could very likely end up with termites in your home. When the swarmers come out to mate, they may end up choosing your house as the new location for their colony. Furthermore, if a colony is nearby, worker termites can make their way into your home while foraging for food.
Certain things will make your home more appealing to termites such as rotting wood If you have any water damaged areas in your house, they’ll find them. These can be places hidden under a crawl space or parts of a wooden structure that comes in direct contact with the soil, such as a porch beam or a fence post.

How to Tell if Your Home has Termites

Unfortunately, even homes without water damaged wood can become overcome by termites. Trying to determine if your home is infested can be difficult as most of the damage remains out of sight. The following are all signs of a termite infestation:

  • Small holes on the outside of wooden structures
  • Small piles of a sawdust-like substance near wooden structures
  • A swarm of termites or a pile of discarded wings in your home
  • Bulging walls, sagging ceilings, and buckling floors

What to Do About Termites in Your Jacksonville Home

Whether you currently have a termite infestation or want to prevent one from occurring, Lindsey Pest Services can help. We offer termite protection plans that will not only eliminate any current infestation but also ensure no new termite colonies take up residence inside your home. Contact us to learn more or to set up a termite inspection.

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