Do termite exterminators only use one type of treatment?
Termites are soft-bodied insects that feed on cellulose found on wood, including the foundations of homes and buildings. Since termites differ from one another, each type can cause varying damage, too. That being said, there is no “one-size-fits-all” treatment that would work for all kinds of termites. It is one of the numerous reasons you need to call for a professional to help you figure out the help you need to terminate these pests.
What are the most common types of termites?
With more than 40 varieties of termites found just in the US, it’s safe to say that there are many kinds of termites. However, there are three (3) kinds that are commonly found in structures such as homes. These are the subterranean, drywood, and dampwood termites. This article is allotted to briefly explain the differences among the three.
Subterranean termites live in the soil. There, they build massive nests that connect through mud tubes to protect themselves from open air and to access trees and woods for their food sources. This type of termite can cause so much damage because they munch on wood for 24 hours, seven (7) days a week. If left unattended, they can cause total destruction to structures, such as homes and establishments.
The drywood termites are located in dead trees or hardwood floors. This termite can be tough to detect, but they can possibly reside in homes because they do not need soil to survive. Although hard to find, they leave signs of their existence via the small holes they create and their shed wings. Unlike subterranean termites, however, drywood termites build smaller colonies, so the damage they cause can be slower than the former.
Dampwood termites are less likely found in man-made structures. They prefer high moisture wood, and wood used in homes and facilities alike does not contain enough moisture for them. This type of termite survives without the necessity to have contact with the soil.
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