Types of Termites DelmanExpert Pest Control Service
These termites are very common, especially in hotter, damper climates and other warm-weather regions. As the name suggests, these termites live underground, in colonies that number in the millions. Subterranean termites are among the most destructive of all termites’ hanks to saw-toothed jaws that can easily bite into wood fragments bit by bit. While it may not sound too damaging, over time a colony can take down an entire building, leading to significant repair and restoration costs for property owners.
Dampwood termites are aptly named, as they’re particularly attracted to moisture-rich wood—decaying wood, for example, or areas with significant leaks or natural moisture. By creating a series of chambers within trees, stumps, logs and outdoor poles and posts, dampwood termites create a sandpaper-like effect, permanently damaging the surrounding area.
Though their colonies tend to be smaller—closer to 2,500 or so termites—drywood termites can still be very destructive very quickly. These termites tend to focus on wood structures like frames, flooring and, even, furniture. What’s more, because drywood termites don’t require moisture to survive and thrive, they can establish multiple colonies in a single home or office space, causing substantial destruction and making effective treatment difficult.
Tennessee is home to these very versatile, very destructive termites. Like subterranean termites, Formosan termites live underground, also in very large colonies, and can attack everything from trees and shrubs to structures in a home or office. These unique termites start by building mud “nests’ in the soil, then begin eating away at wood frames, floors, walls and virtually anything else that comes into their path. A single colony can destroy up to one foot of wood in 30 days or less
Like Formosan termites, conehead termites build mud nests in the ground, in trees or wooden structures. These termites don’t exclusively tunnel underground. Instead, they move and populate a space like ants, enabling them to spread and infest very quickly.