Termites are pests that are not at all discerning when it comes to what house they infest. If there is wood, they will eat it. That being said, there are tons of different types of termites out there and knowing what some types of termites are can help you potentially identify them.
What Kinds of Termites are There?
There are three main types of termites that we in the United States have to deal with. The first is subterranean. These often live under the ground and are not going to pose as big of a threat to your home. The next are drywood termites, they are the type that will eat your home, even if the wood is not softened or damp. They will bore holes in healthy wood and cause major damage to any structure they decide to inhabit. The last type are dampwood termites, they often attack rotten or rotting wood.
All these types of termites can threaten your home or business if they do decide to come and damage your home. If you see any termites or you think that you might see termites, you do need to call an exterminator immediately before they cause any major damage.
What Do Termites Look Like?
Termites do look a bit different depending on what type of termite you are dealing with. Most termites have a soft body that is about ¼ to ½ an inch long, and they have straight antennae. They can vary in size depending on whether they are male or female and whether they are worker termites. Termites do not generally show up where you can see them until they have done a great deal of damage and until the infestation is large.
If you see any termites, you should contact an exterminator immediately so they can first identify the bug you are seeing, determine where the infestation is, and how bad it is. It might not seem very bad, but often the infestation is worse than you might imagine, and you simply cannot see all the termites deep inside your home, causing damage. An exterminator will be able to get rid of the bugs that you currently have and treat the home to prevent any more that might try to make your home their home.
Feel free to contact Excellence Pest Control for all your extermination needs or to request a consult.