Termites in Florida’s Winter

By: Ken Wilson

By: Richard Garner

An important fact about termite species in Florida is that they are active and feed on wood 24 hours a day, year-round. It depends on the species and sub-species of termite to determine what time of year they swarm. There are three main species of termites, but only two to be concerned about,
Subterranean and Drywood.

The eastern Subterranean termite swarms between October and February, the dark southeastern Subterranean termite swarms between March and June; the light Subterranean termite swarms from December and April. The Formosan Subterranean swarms at night in late spring. Drywood termites have sub-species as well and they have been reported swarming every month except December.

Dampwood termites are the only other main species of termites in Florida, however they can only feed on moisture damaged wood.

Proactive prevention is considerably cheaper than reactive treatment, specifically dealing with Subterranean termites. Prevention of Drywood termites can vary based on many factors and can be discussed on an individual basis. Call Terra Gardens for a free inspection and quote.

About the author 

Ken Wilson

Long time career in the home services industry from remodeling to patio construction. Currently residing to in SWFL and active contributor to multiple home & garden publications.