A Guide to the Most Common Types of Termites

Termites may be small, but they can cause significant damage to any property. If you see any evidence of a termite infestation in your home or around your yard, it’s time to call for professional termite control. While termites look the same to most of us, there are some important differences between them. Here is a brief introduction to some of the types of termites you’re most likely to encounter:

Subterranean Termites

Common in the Southwest, these termites live underground and make their nests in stumps, dead trees, and any other soft woods that they find. They’re among the smallest termites, but they can develop enormous colonies with thousands of members. They are easy to identify because they leave behind a lot of evidence of their presence, including the distinctive-looking mud tubes they build for protection.

Drywood Termites

As their name suggests, these termites don’t need to get moisture from the wood they eat, so they can attack any of the wood in your home, from furniture to flooring. If you have a termite infestation inside your house, drywood termites are among the most likely culprits. These termites tend to thrive in warmer temperatures, so they’re common in Arizona.

Dampwood Termites

These termites seek out moist wood, so you’re likely to find them outdoors around old, decaying wood sources, rather than inside your home. For example, if you have a fallen tree in your yard, be sure to have it removed as soon as possible to avoid providing a habitat for dampwood termites. If you do find dampwood termites in a building, it’s usually because of water damage or decaying wood.

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