Understanding the Different Types of Termites & How They Affect You

Termites of all kinds are a costly nuisance and a major headache for homeowners around the country. These are some of the most common types of termites and how they could affect your life if they decide to take up residence in your home.

Subterranean Termites

One very common type of termite is the subterranean termite. These termites are social insects that live in colonies and the most common type found in American homes. Often the first signs of subterranean termite damage are dark-colored blisters in wood flooring.

This variety of white ants is known to damage the structure of your home, and in severe cases, you may need to move out until repairs are complete. It’s easy to overlook subterranean termite damage because this type of termite typically only eats spring wood and leaves the exterior surface alone.

Drywood Termites

Drywood termites are most common along coastal areas and in the south and southwest parts of the country. This is another type of white ant that can go undetected for a long time.

Drywood termites are notorious for damaging the walls in your home, as well as poles and furniture. This type of termite infestation often requires homeowners to remove all furniture from the affected area until the termites have been eliminated. This is a major inconvenience for many homeowners, especially when they are forced to find and pay for temporary storage space for an indefinite amount of time.

Dampwood Termites

The Pacific Coast is typically home to the most dampwood termites, but this insect can live anywhere with damp and decaying wood. These termites love moist environments and typically set up new nests throughout the spring and summer.

Homeowners may notice fecal pellets around the house when they have a dampwood termite infestation. Moisture control is essential to eliminating these termites, which means that homeowners need to promptly address roof leaks, plumbing problems, and rainwater drainage to prevent infestations.

Formosan Termites

Formosan termites love warm climates and although most popular in the American South, small populations have been encountered up to the Canadian border. The three forms of these termites are the winged or wingless reproductive termites, the workers, and the protector soldiers.

They live in the soil and invade wood structures that come in direct or close contact with the dirt. It is very common for homeowners to find these termites while doing home renovations. They target walls and other structural components of homes, which causes the structure to sag and need further repairs.

Termite Removal in New Jersey

Regardless of which type of termite is terrorizing your home, the professional exterminators at Precise Pest Control are your local experts in the pests plaguing New Jersey. We have the knowledge and expertise to handle all types of termite infestations and even help you prevent future damage.

Call us today at 866-971-2847 for a free inspection and avoid unnecessary property damage that will take its toll on your wallet and inconvenience your daily life.