There are several types of termites that you are likely to encounter in your home. By understanding their habitats and knowing what to look for, you can more effectively prevent them — or recognize when you need to call us.
Subterranean termites: The most common type in the United States, subterranean termites build their colonies underground and rely on soil for moisture. They build worm-like tunnels along foundations and walls, and even through cracks in concrete, so even slab houses are not immune. These tunnels, which can resemble mud-tubes, allow them to hunt for food while protecting themselves from the open air, which can kill them if they’re exposed to it for too long.
Dampwood: The largest of the three types, dampwood termites live in wet, decaying wood. They need regular contact with water and high humidity to survive. Their need for excessive moisture means that they’re not commonly found inside homes and structures, but any wet conditions inside your house — caused by leaks, for example — or any food sources nearby (like damp firewood) can attract them.
Drywood: As their name implies, drywood termites colonize in dry wood or other cellulose sources, such as paper or boxes, above ground. They require neither the soil contact of subterranean termites, nor the wet wood and water of dampwood termites — making them a particular threat to wood-frame attics, dry crawlspaces and other similar areas in your home.
In addition to tunnels in and around your foundation, you should also be on the lookout for damage to wood sources in your home, as well as flying termites or discarded wings near doors or windows. When in doubt, don’t hesitate to call us for an inspection.