Termites have been on this planet for a lot longer than humans have. Their existence dates back to the time when the dinosaurs roamed the earth – 120 million years ago. This insect is often called the “silent destroyer,” because they are able to chew through just about everything, without making their presence known until they have chewed through your home’s wooden structural pieces, flooring, and even laminate floors. These pests cause more than $5 billion in property damage per year.
2,700 Termite Species ’round the World!
2,700 species of termites exist world wide. The most common species found in Arizona are the Drywood and Subterranean species. But other species include the: Conehead, Dampwood, and Formosan Termites. Here’s a little more information on all of them.
Conehead Termites! Dampwood Termites! Formosan Termites!
Conehead termites were introduced to the US in 2001, but the species is native to the Caribbean. Initially they were dubbed “tree termites,” but this title is a little misleading since the species is not only found dwelling in trees. As a result, they were re-titled as “Conehead” termites. Dampwood termites tend to infest “damp” wood – and thus, were named accordingly. These termites are normally larger than other termites. Formosan termites love to infest the wood inside and outside of your home – always looking for wood that has a high moisture content. The best way to prevent against this species is move all wood away from your home, and ensure that there are no damp spaces within your home – such as crawl spaces and attics.
Drywood and Subterranean Termites
Drywood and Subterranean termites love the hot and arid climate of Arizona. They are able to find ways into your home via cracks and crevices around windows and door frames. So sealing these cracks is crucial to protecting your home. Subterranean termites build mud colonies and then build mud tubes up through your home – allowing them to destroy while undetected.
Keep your eyes out for mud tubes that form on walls inside or outside your home as well as swarming termites. Swarming are winged-pests that appear at crevices and cracks and window-sills. Finding loose wings is a sign of a termite infestation. Contact a pest control specialist immediately upon noticing these signs.
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