Termites are consistent and relentless, and they are very abundant in South Florida. With some 20 species present in the state, the 3 most common in South Florida are: West Indian Drywood termites, which solely infest dry wood above ground, and two species of subterranean termites (Formosan and Asian) which typically form nests underground and build mudtube “highways” into their food source. Continuously feeding off the wood within your property’s walls, they may take 5-10 years to fully mature as a colony and then make their presence visible.

Signs of infestation vary between species, but they may include: mud tubes along the exterior walls of the structure, sand-like pellets within cabinets or near doorframes and windowsills, and damage on wooden beams and planks all along the grain. 

Penn Pest Control has the best training and state-of-the-art technology to appropriately identify and eliminate termite infestations in your property. Schedule an appointment to have one of us perform an inspection!

Some facts about Termites:

  • Cause millions of dollars yearly in damages 
  • Take 5-10 years to become fully apparent as a colony

Size: 1/8″ – 1/3″ in.
Shape: Oval
Color: Light to dark tan or cream-colored
Legs: 6
Wings: Swarming alates
Antenna: Yes
Common Name: Termites

Drywood termites use “kick-out” holes in the wood they infest to get rid of fecal pellets, or frass, that can build up to look like sawdust.
Subterranean termites need to stay humid, so they build mud tunnels to travel to and from the structure as they feed.