drywood termite

What Areas Are Susceptible To Termites?

Written by: Quintin Bentley Crevling

Termites are one of the most devastating pests a homeowner can deal with, costing Americans $5 billion annually to repair damaged areas. Termites wreak havoc on your house by slowly eating away at the wood in your home. Some species of termites have wings and will fly to a new destination to start a colony. This can make is particularly difficult to protect the exterior of your home for an infestation. To determine which part of your home is most susceptible to termites, you must first know which type of termite you have. There are over 2,000 types of termites in the world and only 50 reside in the United States. These 50 species of termites fall into three categories: dampwood, drywood, and subterranean. If you are interested in having your home sprayed for termites, click here to learn more about your free home inspection.

Dampwood termites, as their name suggests, infest wood that has a high water content. This means they love to live in areas of your home that are beginning to rot. This species of termite can be particularly worrisome as they are much larger than their counterparts, measuring up to one inch in length including their wings. Because these termites only live in damp wood and fly, they can attack any section of your house that is above ground. Unlike the other species of termites, dampwood’s do not burrow into the wood. Instead, they devour the wood from the outside inward. As long as homeowners repair all signs of rot, they will not have to worry about this species of termite.

The drywood termite is the most destructive species of termite in the United States. This pesky insect silently destroys the interior of your home by eating zigzag tunnels into your walls. Just like dampwood termites, the drywood species also has wings that allow them to fly to any location on your home. They will often fly to your roof and work their way into your ceiling. The major difference between the two species is that drywood termites burrow tunnels into the wood and will live long periods of time without leaving the safety of their tunnel. These incredible little animals have evolved inside of trees, so they no longer require a water source to survive. The insects draw moisture from the wood they ingest and excrete a completely dry pellet that is often confused for sawdust.

Subterranean termites live below ground in a massive colony that can house countless tunnels. Since these termites live in the soil, they are most likely to enter the home from the side of your house. You can always tell a subterranean termite by the mud tunnels they construct along their path to a food supply. They build these tunnels so they never have to expose themselves to predators. Because these insects build their nests in the soil, they are much easier to prevent. To eradicate the termites you should have a pest control expert come to your home to spray termiticide, and potentially save you thousands of dollars in repairs.

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