The Top 3: Telltale Signs You Have Termites in Your Florida Home


If you're a Polk County native, there's a high chance you know a LOT about:

  • Extremely hot and humid weather
  • Publix subs
  • How to ride out a hurricane
  • What time of year you shouldn't go to Disney World

There are a few things about life in Central Florida though that you might not know. One major problem homeowners face is pest infestation. Ants, bees, cockroaches...The Sunshine State has them all. But the worst, by far, are termites.

Termites are a huge issue, as they can destroy your home from the inside out. They work quickly, and quietly, and the damage they leave behind is catastrophic if you don't catch them in time. Unfortunately, many homeowners and property managers don't catch them in time because they don't know the signs.

What are the telltale signs you might need to worry about termites in your home or business?

  • Mud Tubes. Termites often build mud tubes, also known as "shelter tubes," used to travel between their underground nests and the wood they are feeding on. These tubes are typically made of soil, wood particles, and saliva. On average, they are the diameter of a pencil and can be found along the outer walls and along the foundation of your home.
  • Wood Damage. Termites feed on cellulose, which is found in wood and paper products. If you notice wood around your home that appears to be hollowed out or has a honeycomb-like texture, it could be a sign of termite damage. These pests consume wood from the inside out, so the surface may appear intact even if significant damage has occurred. This is a dangerous situation when it comes to the integrity of your walls, floor, or other structures. Tap on suspected wood with a screwdriver or other hard object to check for hollowness. If it doesn't sound solid, you need to call in your local pest professionals!
  • Swarmers. Termite swarmers, or alates, are winged termites that leave their colonies to start new ones. Seeing a swarm of winged insects around your home, especially near windows and lights, is a strong indicator of a termite infestation. Swarmers are often mistaken for flying ants, so knowing the differences is key to preventing panic. True termites have straight antennae, a uniform waist, and equal-sized wings, whereas flying ants have bent antennae, a constricted waist, and wings of different sizes. If you're unsure, a pest professional can come out and make an accurate identification and treat the infestation accordingly.

If you notice any of these signs in or around your home, barn, business, tool shed, or other structure, getting a proper infestation diagnosis and plan of attack is key. The longer you wait, the more you risk irreparable damage.

Polk County residents know to call Country Boy Pest Control at the first sign of termites. We specialize in the identification, treatment, and prevention of termites, helping you save your wood structures and take back your space. Our team is skilled and experienced in a variety of pest management treatments, including pet and child-safe options.

Termites might be part of life in Central Florida, but they don't have to be part of your life. Have you made sure you're protected against an infestation? When it doubt, call us out! One of our team members will help you guard your home against pests of all kinds, termites included.

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