The Different Types of Termites
Different Types of Termites
Termites can become a pricey and pesky pest to deal with in your home. Here is an outline of the different types of termites and their most active times during the year.
Types of Subterranean Termites
• Eastern Subterranean Termites – Most commonly found swarming in daylight between February and May.
• Dark Southeastern Subterranean Termites – Most active from March to June.
• Formosan Termite – Swarms during the late spring.
Types of Drywood Termites
• Tropical Rough-Headed Drywood Termite – The most active at night between March and June.
• Southeastern Drywood Termite – Swarms at night during the Spring.
Termites can damage and infest items of wood, paper, cardboard, canvas, wallpaper, and carpeting. There are 2 million possible numbers of members in a subterranean termite colony over a period of 3-5 years that it takes to mature. The lifespan of the colony and the queen is 25 years. A queen termite is about to lay 2,000 eggs per day.
Signs of Infestation
An infestation can be identified by inspecting for pencil thick shelter tubes made of mud that is exposed to areas of the home. These tubes may be used for termites to enter your home. If you witness swarms of termites in or around your home, a possible infestation may be present. Additionally, bubbles or raised areas along wooden beans and other surfaces within your home and holes in wooden beams can indicate infestation.
Help to prevent future infestations be removing moisture from surfaces around your home, including wood and debris left around your home and yard. Inspect for cracks in the foundation or exterior of your home. Do not forget to use termite resistance building materials.
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