Termites and ants are often confused with each other since they have similarities in appearance. While ants are relatively harmless, termites are not and can cause damages to your home. Therefore, distinguishing termites from ants is important.
Before hiring termite control, Greenside Pest Control suggests making sure that your home is indeed infested with one. Termites have uniform sized wings and straight antennae, while ants have larger wings in front and smaller ones at the back and have elbowed antennae.
Below are the different types of termites that people commonly find in their properties:
Drywood termites are the easiest to identify because of the hexagonal pellets they leave behind. These types of termites eat untreated wood from within and eventually create a hollow. Your infected wood can wither and fall down when touched. This type of termites is destructive one and can only be eliminated through fumigation. Drywood termites are found in wooden window sills, walls, and floorings.
Subterranean termites, on the other hand, survive in a damp and moist environment. Therefore, this type is mostly found underground. Subterranean termites are the most destructive because they work fast and they work large. The queen and king termites have many workers that work from the soil around your homes towards your properties through mud tunnels.
Dampwood termites are the least destructive of them all. They’re often found in highly moisturized places like water leaks and woodpiles around your home, thus their name. This type is also easier to identify because they are larger than subterranean and drywood termites. Your wooden furniture, floors, and ceilings are prone to dampwood infection, especially if you don’t maintain the humidity in your home.
Knowing the type of termites that invade your home can help your termite extermination company identify the right kind of treatment to keep your home termite free.