Termites can be a real nightmare for homeowners all over the US, and there are four major kinds of these pests to be aware of: Dampwood, Drywood, Formosan, and Subterranean. In this article, we’ll burrow deep into the intricacies of each type, their characteristics, and how you can protect your home from these pesky creatures. So sit tight and read on!
Subterranean termites are a highly destructive species. They reside in underground colonies that can consist of up to two million members. These termites have scissor-like mandibles which they utilize to constantly consume wood around the clock, 7 days a week.
Drywood termites are a rare species in the United States that have a unique preference for extremely dry wood, such as that found in attic framing. They are social insects that live in colonies consisting of up to 2,500 members. During sunny and warm days, they often swarm after a sudden rise in temperature.
Dampwood termites commonly live in heavily forested areas of the country as they prefer wood with high moisture content. They are normally larger than other termite species. Specifically, their bodies are usually a light brown color and can grow up to 1 inch in length. They have straight antennae that are shorter than their body length and wings that are equal in size and shape.
Formosan termites are an extremely aggressive termite species originally from China. They live in huge underground colonies, with an average of 350,000 workers and build intricate mud nests in the ground. When it comes to the termites’ appearance, they have long, narrow and creamy-white bodies which are almost transparent. Their heads look rectangular and they have tiny antennas. Their wings are long and narrow, with two sets that are almost equal in size. They also have two large eyes on either side of their heads.
Termite Treatment FAQ
What are some of the signs of a termite infestation?
How much damage do termites cause?
What can a homeowner do to prevent termites?
- Most importantly, a homeowner should eliminate or reduce moisture in and around their home, which termites need to thrive.
- Divert water away from the home’s foundation by installing properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
- Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation.
- Trim vines, hedges and other vegetation to prevent them from blocking vents.
- Remove old form boards, grade stakes, tree trunks and roots near a building, as they may attract termites.
- In addition, maintain an 18-inch gap between soil and any wood portions of your home. Finally, routinely inspect the foundation of the home for signs of termite damage.
Does homeowners insurance cover termite damage?
How difficult are termites to treat?
How are termites controlled?
What is the most effective type of termite treatment?
How much does a termite treatment cost?
A termite treatment can cost anywhere from $800 to $1,800 dollars, depending on where you live, the construction of your home, severity of the infestation and the type of contract offered by your pest control professional. After a thorough inspection, in most cases your pest control company will give you an estimate at no charge.