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Termites in Florida: What You Need to Know

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Truly Nolen is no stranger to Florida and the multitude of pests the state has to offer; after all, Florida is where it all began for our company over 80 years ago. Since then, we've perfected the science of termite control and extermination, and the knowledge and experience we've gained since then have led to our Total Termite Protection (TTP) plan, the industry's most innovative and comprehensive termite protection and control plan available.

TTP protects homes from termite infestations in Florida with a layered approach that covers the home and property. From soil to the roof, your property will be protected from these destructive pests.

Among the things Florida homeowners need to ensure their security, comfort, and peace of mind, termite control in Florida has become a necessity. Quality termite control, however, is always in demand; those that have it are Truly Nolen customers.

Termite Risks for Florida Homeowners

Florida homeowners that aren't covered by a termite protection plan or a pest prevention plan are at a larger risk of a termite infestation than those in other parts of the country. Florida's geography makes it ideal for a large number of pests that invite themselves into the 9 million homes that occupy the state. Although these pests range from annoying to disgusting, none are as notorious as the termite in Florida.

There are four main termite species that are most prevalent throughout the state of Florida, although smaller populations of other species are also present. These termites, which include the Eastern Subterranean, Formosan Subterranean, Powderpost Drywood, and Florida Dampwood termites, each present their own challenges for Florida residents.

Termite concerns for Florida residents are plenty; these pests cost Florida homeowners more than $500 million each year.

Specific Areas of Concern in Florida

Although Florida's geographical features are mainly consistent throughout the state, the South Florida area is at an especially high risk of termite infestation. Spanning as far north as West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale and down south as far as Homestead, South Florida contains the majority of the state's homes and population.

The following areas have the highest number of reported termite infestations in South Florida:

Common Areas of Termite Infestations in Miami, Florida

  • Aventura
  • Coconut Creek
  • Coral Gables
  • Hialeah
  • Homestead
  • Miami Beach
  • Miami Lakes
  • North Miami

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Common Areas of Termite Infestations in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • Boynton Beach,
  • Cooper City
  • Coral Springs
  • Dania Beach
  • Davie
  • Deerfield Beach
  • Hallandale Beach
  • Hollywood
  • Lauderhill
  • Sunrise
  • Pompano Beach
  • Pembroke Pines
  • Weston

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Common Areas of Termite Infestations in West Palm Beach, Florida

  • Boca Raton
  • Delray Beach
  • Greenacres
  • Jupiter
  • Lake Worth
  • Palm Beach Gardens
  • Riviera Beach
  • Royal Palm Beach
  • Wellington

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Other than these cities in which termite infestations are most prevalent, homes currently being built in Florida are also susceptible to termite infestations because new homes are often surrounded by lumber and other wooden building materials that termites can easily access. When moving into one of these newly built communities, you should always ask for termite inspection information.

Recently, building codes have been established to ensure that building contractors are treating the work site for termites to prevent them from entering incomplete homes and to keep them out once the project has been completed.

Older homes can also be a concern for termite infestation in Florida; historic districts can be found throughout the state, especially in Northern and Central Florida. In fact, much of Northern Florida was settled as early as 1565. These houses may have been renovated years since, but their older foundations are vulnerable to termites who can potentially destroy our state's history.

Florida's Termite Season: When Do Termites Swarm?

Although all termite species in Florida reproduce and form nests in the same way, they each choose a different time to swarm. These swarmer termites will fly until they find a location suitable for building a nest. Once they've found a comfortable home, the swarmer termites will shed their wings and begin building the nest.

  • The Formosan Termite is particularly active during the spring but waits until the night hours to begin swarming.
  • The Dampwood Termite species stick to the cover of night to swarm, typically during the spring and summer months.
  • The Eastern Subterranean Termite favors daylight, swarming between the months of October and February.
  • The Powderpost Termite follows the example of the Eastern Subterranean Termite, swarming later in the year during daylight hours.

Florida-Specific Termite Concerns


Spreading is a specific termite concern for Florida residents, where termites will spread from one location in a house to many others. Homeowners in Florida that look for termites themselves in an attempt to control them may end up worsening the situation. In fact, insurance companies generally advise homeowners to seek professional help if they suspect a termite infestation.

Eastern Subterranean termites, the most common type of termite found in Florida, are a great example of this. If a homeowner finds a nest of these termites and attempts to exterminate them, the termites will quickly flee the area, causing as many as 25,000 termites to spread throughout the home and property. If this happens, the infestation becomes that much harder to contain and may put neighboring homes at risk.

Power Failures

Another specific termite concern is actually mistakenly attributed to rodents—power failures. Formosan termites are a species of termite native to China, most likely imported through the numerous ports in the State. Although termites are mostly known to eat wood and other cellulose materials—especially in utility poles—Formosan termites also enjoy devouring electrical cabling.

If the presence of these pests is unknown, repair of your home's electrical system may be costly, as it will be hard for the electrician to pinpoint the problem. Even worse, these frayed cables also present a risk of electrical fires in older homes and those that consume a lot of electricity.


Interior decoration and furniture manufacturing are big in Florida, as numerous multi-million dollar furniture manufacturers and retailers call the state home.

As such, the destruction of furniture has become a specific termite concern for Florida residents who have reported an increase in damage to expensive furniture caused by Powderpost Drywood termites or Cryptotermes Drywood termites. These termites aren't very different from the other termites found in Florida but aren't afraid to venture further into a home and share a couch.


Homes in the rural areas of Northern and Central Florida often enjoy large properties that occupy acres of land. It's difficult to find a home in any part of Florida without some kind of tree, plant, or garden. From mangoes to orange groves, Florida is home to an impressive array of agriculture.

The Florida Dampwood termite presents a specific termite of concern for Florida residents—the trees, plants, and gardens in their yards are delicacies to these insects. Florida Dampwood termites can quickly kill plants and fruit-bearing trees, costing homeowners hundreds in landscaping costs to remove dead trees and plant new ones.

Adapting to Termite Concerns: Termite Control in Florida

Just like the internet and cable television, termite control in Florida has become a must-have for a homeowner's comfort and peace of mind. Quality termite control, however, is always in demand; those that have it are Truly Nolen customers.

Protected by our Total Termite Protection (TTP) plan, Florida homeowners enjoy the industry's most innovative and comprehensive termite protection plan. TTP protects homes from termite infestations in Florida with a layered approach that covers the home and property. From soil to the roof, your property will be impervious to these destructive pests.

Our termite control services in Florida are guaranteed to protect your home. If you ever spot signs of termites after we've treated your home, we'll gladly re-treat it and ensure the termites are gone. We're the only company that stands by our termite control services with a significant guarantee that protects qualified homes against damage from termites for up to $1 million.

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