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Everything You Need to Know About Termites

Total Pest Services is a professional company that specializes in termite treatment and below on this page, we’ll give you general information on termites, such as some basic facts and how to recognize the different types of termites.

Facts & Appearance

Termites (or Isoptera in Latin) belong to the phylum Arthropoda, the class Insecta, and the order Isoptera. While there are over 2,000 different species of termites, most look similar despite the fact that each species has its own distinct characteristics.

Termites are usually between ½ and ¼ inch long. They have soft bodies with straight antennae. The queens and the kings are capable of reaching over one inch in length. In terms of colors, termites range from white to light brown. Usually, they are divided into 3 groups – workers (often appear lighter), swarming termites (often appear darker), and flying termites which have two pairs of prominent wings. The last ones are also called reproductives termites.

Types of Termites in Florida

There are over 40 different species in the United States, but we will focus on the most common types of termites in Central Florida.



Subterranean Termites

The most widespread species whose colonies can reach millions of termites in numbers.

Formosan Termites

These are the more destructive termites that can survive almost anywhere there’s moisture and can destroy homes in just a few months.

Dampwood Termites

The dampwood termites are another important species in Florida, and they typically infest wood that is moist or in contact with soil. They are usually found in the urban areas of the state, and they are attracted to lights that are left on at night.

Drywood Termites

Also known as powderpost termites, these species prefer wood that is dry. An obvious indicator that the termites are drywood termites is the piles of fecal pellets that gathers below the wood on which they are feeding.

How to Get Rid of Termites

If termites are a constant threat to your home, contact Total Pest Services for professional termite treatment. Before the actual treatment, we will examine your home to determine how serious the invasion is. Using state-of-the-art equipment, we will come up with a strategy to exterminate the termites and provide you with in-dept information and customized diagrams outlining problems that need to be fixed to prevent future invasions.

We guarantee our termite treatment services with 1-yeаr initial warranty and a yearly renewable termite bond (repair and retreat warranty). Get in touch with us for more details about our services in Central Florida today!

Termite Facts

  • Rough estimates show that termites can cost more than $5 billion in damage yearly in the United States alone. Also, most insurance plans don’t cover damage caused by termites.
  • There are 3 roles the immature termites develop to fill and namely workers, soldiers, and reproductives.
  • A termite queen of some species can lay millions of eggs each year.
  • Termites tend to be more active in warmer temperatures.

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