The Five Types Of Termites You Should Be Acquainted With

Tomorrow is the first day of March, which means soon we will be seeing the warm weather of spring returning to Sacramento. However, with more days to spend out in the rising temperatures also comes an increased number of termites in the area. Since termites mate in the spring, the new season will also bring a ton of “swarming” leaving households across the state and the entire country at a higher risk of termite infestation. These pests will begin their lives excited to bring significant damage to homes and other structures for the months to come.

If you are wondering what you should be on the lookout for as the weather changes, we can help you out. Keep an eye out for visible tunnels in the trees in your lawn, the floorboards in your home and more. You may also be able to tell you have a termite infestation if you notice that there is paint peeling from the walls, squeaky floors, or stuck windows and doors in your home. While you may think that a termite is a termite, you actually could have an infestation of any of the five types of termites. In this post, we want to give you a better idea of the different types of termites that might be causing you issues. Continue reading to learn more about each type.

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Subterranean Termites

This type of termite is extremely common, especially for those people who are living in hot and humid climates. Most commonly these will be places in the deep south where the air gets heavy in the warm seasons. Just as you would suspect based on the name, these termites live underground. Their colonies can be so large that they include millions of termites.

These termites are also one of the most destructive types you can have invade your space. Their saw-toothed jaws make it extremely easy for them to bite into fragments of wood with ease. While they may only bite a small portion at a time, it doesn’t take very long for the damage to be done. In fact, these termites could potentially take down an entire building in no time at all.

Dampwood Termites

The name of these termites also gives you a bit of a hint about where they like to reside. Dampwood termites are very attracted to any wood that is filled with moisture. If the wood is decaying, this makes it even more enticing. These termites like to create a series of different chambers in logs, stumps, trees, and even outdoor posts made of wood.

Formosan Termites

These versatile termites call Tennessee home and are extremely destructive. Like subterranean termites, these pests live underground in extremely large colonies. They are less picky than some of the other termites we have discussed, as they will attack a myriad of things from trees to shrubs to the infrastructure of a home. One of their unique features is that they build their nests in mud in the soil, and eat anything they come across in the process. One colony of formosan termites can destroy up to a foot of wood in less than 30 days!

Drywood Termites

Quite the opposite of dampwood termites, drywood termites tend to have much smaller colonies that linger around 2,500 pests in one colony at a time. This doesn’t mean, however, that they are not also extremely destructive. These termites like to eat different wooden structures like flooring and furniture on the other hand. They also do not require moisture in order to survive like the majority of the counterparts. This means they are able to establish a number of different colonies in the same home, causing extensive damage and making them difficult to eliminate.

Conehead Termites

Conehead termites also prefer to build their nests in the mud in the ground, as well as trees and other wooden structures. On the other hand, these termites don’t just tunnel in the ground. Alternatively, they move and take over a space like ants do. This gives them the ability to spread and infest an area very quickly. This, of course means that they can also do a lot of damage in no time at all.

Hire A Sacramento Exterminator Today!

Truthfully, no one type of termite is worse than the others as they are all pretty terrible. Regardless of the type of termite you may have infesting your home or business, you need to get the help of a pest control company. We know how to hand every type of termite and we will do everything we can to ensure that they are exterminated as quickly as possible. Earthwise Pest Management is a trusted name in pest control in Sacramento, so what are you waiting for? Contact us today and learn more about having an inspection completed at your home or business!

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