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Different Types of Termites Commonly Found in Homes

There are different types of termites that you should be aware of if you are concerned about the health and safety of your home. These termites can cause a lot of damage to your property if they are not dealt with efficiently. In this paper, we will have a look at different types of termites and signals to tell if they are already in your compound. 

Subterranean Termite

The first type is the subterranean termite. It is most commonly seen in the southern United States and can be detrimental if left untreated. Subterranean termites live in colonies underground and build mud tubes to travel to their food source, which is usually wood. If you see mud tubes on the outside of your home or the foundation, it is a high probability that you have a subterranean termite problem.

Drywood Termites

Drywood termites are most commonly found in coastal areas and prefer to eat dry wood. These termites do not require contact with soil to survive and can often be found in attics and crawl spaces. If you see piles of wood shavings or sawdust around your home it is evident that you have a drywood termite problem.

Dampwood Termites

Dampwood termites are most commonly found in humid areas and prefer to eat damp wood. These termites often live in fallen trees or logs and can also be found in basements and crawl spaces. If you see wet or rotten wood around your home please check out for damp wood termite infestation.

Formosan Termite

Formosan termites are most commonly found in Asia and Australia but have recently been discovered in the southern United States. These termites are considered one of the most destructive types of termites because they can eat through concrete and metal. If you see swarms of winged insects around your home or piles of wood shavings, it is a good sign that you have a Formosan termite technicality.

Argentine Termites

Do you know that Argentine termites are the most common termite in the United States? These pesky critters can cause a lot of damage to your home. Argentine Termites are the most active during the spring and summer months. They swarm during these times to mate and start new colonies. These swarms usually occur at night, which can be quite a shock if you are not expecting it! If you see a swarm of Argentine

Termites, it is important to contact a pest control professional immediately. Argentine Termites are attracted to wood, both inside and outside of your home. They will also eat paper, insulation, and even drywall if they are hungry enough.

Red Imported Fire Termite

The red imported fire termite is native to Africa but has been introduced to many other parts of the world, including the United States such as California. These pests are attracted to warm climates and often establish colonies near homes and other buildings. Fire termites get their name from their reddish-brown coloration and their tendency to swarm around lights at night. Red imported fire termites are very destructive pests. 

They feed on wood, paper, and other cellulose-based materials. This feeding can cause serious damage to your home. These termites typically enter homes through cracks in the foundation or gaps around doors and windows. Once inside, they will establish their colony in the wooden framing of your home.

Pharaoh Termites

bodies and dark brown wings. Moreover, they are also native to Africa, but they have now been found in many other parts of the world as well. They are attracted to wood-eating cellulose. When they find a food source, they will set up a colony; with a hundred to several million termites in it!

If you think you might have any of these types of termites in your home, you need to deploy the expertise of pest extermination personnel to have your home inspected. Termites can cause a lot of damage to property, so it is important to get rid of them as soon as possible.

If you are worried about termites infesting your home, call Carlsbad Pest Control today. 


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