When discussing the five most common areas for termites to infest, it’s helpful to separate the 50 or so termite species in North America into three main categories that accompany any good termite treatment plan. These categories are dampwood, drywood, and subterranean. The area(s) of infestation and the preventive pest control used by Action Pest Exterminating differ depending on the category.
Dampwood termites are most commonly found in – you guessed it – damp wood. This could be a fallen log, wet firewood, the beams in a leaky attic, and the like. In all of these scenarios, the site of a dampwood termite infestation will be above ground, and not, as we will see in the case of subterranean termites, below ground. An effective termite control plan targeting dampwood termites will focus on areas that are perpetually damp, i.e. a water leak, clogged gutters, or some other issue that is causing the surrounding wood to remain wet.
Though it’s not as common for a customer to contact our professional pest control company for an in-home dampwood termite infestation, we do caution our clients to ensure that they remove any damp and/or decaying wood (an old chair, rotted firewood, etc.) that’s inside or outside the house.
Drywood termites are the insects that homeowners must be wary of, because without timely and effective pest control, these termites can wreak havoc in a relatively short period of time. Drywood termites typically infest:
- Wood framing
Drywood termites will infest these areas regardless of whether the wood is healthy or decaying. Thus, the best way to locate the source of drywood termite infestation is by the presence of this termite’s fecal pellets, which are dropped inside the wood (nest) and then “kicked out” by the termites. Tiny fecal matter on the floor around a door, furniture, etc. is a warning sign that you should immediately contact our local pest control services company for an in-home evaluation.
Like most insects, drywood termites have evolved over time, to the point that their bodies have adapted to better retain moisture. This particular termite is also adept at reabsorbing moisture from its feces. Taken together, these two traits confirm that the drywood termite can spend long periods of time in your home’s wood without drying out.
As their name implies, subterranean termites enjoy being underground. This is where they build their nests, from which they go in search of wood by digging mud tubes to the surface. These tubes often become large, complex networks in the soil around a wooden structure, from which subterranean termites can come and go as needed. A favorite target of the subterranean termite is an under-construction home, particularly its wooden framework.
Interestingly, subterranean termite mud tubes are about more than transportation. The termites feed on the soil, gleaning moisture from it in order to keep the entire colony healthy and hydrated.
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