Termites can easily infest a home, and the damage they cause can be shocking. Different types of termites are attracted to different types of environments.
Drywood termites exist in dry, undecaying wood. Since they do not need soil contact in order to live, they can go undetected and cause serious damage. Nesting deep inside of wood, the only time they make an appearance is when repair work is being done or when the termites swarm. Given the degree of difficulty in detecting a drywood termite, it is best to consult a pest control professional to determine the extent of damage done.
Subterranean termites are a smaller size termite that nest underground, often 10-20 feet below the surface. Although the workers are a pale color, the termites that make their appearance during swarming are dark in color. Many times these termites are mistaken for ants, but their straight bodies and lack of waist is an excellent indicator. These pests swarm at various times of the year, depending on the season and geographic location.
Dampwood termites seek out moisture, and are known to feed on dead or even standing trees, limbs, stumps, and fallen trees. They are also notorious for feeding on wood homes. Any area with a continuous water supply is an attraction for these pests. Growing as large as an inch in length, these winged pests are light brown with antennae. Soldiers are slightly smaller with a larger head, whereas the workers span 1/2″ in length, without wings, and pale in color.