Be Cautious of These Different Types of Termites

Be Cautious of These Different Types of Termites

Studies have shown that more than 10 percent of homeowners are forced to deal with termites on an annual basis. But not all termite infestations are created equal. There are actually several different types of termites that can invade your home and do damage to it if you’re not careful.

Learn more about the three different types of termites:

Subterranean termites

Subterranean termites are the most common type of termites. They often live in soil, and they’re known for building nests larger than the nests built by any other insects in the country. They’re also known for connecting their nests to different food sources through a series of mud tubes. They can be found in every U.S. state except Alaska, and they’re often blamed for the majority of termite damage that is done throughout the country every year.

Drywood termites

While subterranean termites usually live in soil, drywood termites make their homes inside of wood. You’ll find them in things like trees, hardwood flooring, and wooden support posts underneath of houses. The good news for homeowners is that drywood termites have colonies that are a whole lot smaller than the ones established by subterranean termites. But they’re still capable of doing a ton of damage to homes if homeowners don’t detect them quickly.

Dampwood termites

Dampwood termites are attracted to wooden structures that have a lot of moisture in them. As a result, you don’t usually find this type of termites inside of homes. They do the least amount of damage of the three types of termites mentioned here. But they can still become problematic for homeowners if they do happen to have moist wood somewhere in their houses.

When is the last time you had your home inspected for termites? If it’s been a while or, worse, if you’ve never had a termite inspection done, you should schedule one with Blue Ridge Termite & Pest today. Contact us for more information on our termite control and inspection services!

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