If you are a homeowner, then you may have encountered termites at least once. Termites are one of the most menacing pests of all because they can destroy the structure of your home. Did you know that in the US you can find approximately 50 different species of termites? Out of these 50, 20 are considered structural pests found in homes. Here are some to look out for:
Drywood Termites: They infest dry wood and normally establish nests in the roof materials and wooden wall supports. These termites can be found near a water source such as a leaking pipe or water heater. These are found in southern states like North Carolina and through the Gulf Coast in to the coastal areas of California.
Subterranean Termites: They build distinctive “mud tubes” aka tunnels. That’s the way they reach their food source and protect themselves from open air. They are found in all states and live in underground colonies.
Formosan Termites: These termites are swarmer’s and are often confused by flying termites. The best way to tell them apart is by paying attention to their waists. Termites have broad waists and flying ants have narrow ones. They are referred to as “super termites” because they are the most aggressive and devious of over 2,000 termite species known to science. These termites are found in California, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and a few others like Hawaii and Louisiana.
Dampwood Termites: They infest wood with the high moisture. These termites normally are larger than other termite species. Dampwood termites are found near the Pacific coastal and the desert or Southern Florida.
If you think you may have a termite infestation, it’s time to call a local termite company to have your home inspected. A professional termite inspection of your home is the best defense against damage caused by termites and other wood- destroying organisms.