Termites may be residing in your home without you knowing. They hide in your home or yard and are often called the “silent destroyer”. Termites cause mass amounts of damage if not caught soon enough and here at Coastal Pest Control we have termite specialists that have over 30 years of experience. There are four different types of termites and they all cause extensive amounts of damage. It is important to know about the different types and the signs of damage.
Dry Wood Termites
Dry wood termites create colonies inside the wood and are often found in attics. They eat wood in a pattern of going with or against the grain. They create feeding tunnels by eating the wood against the grain and resemble a smooth finish inside. Dry wood termites create dry pellets called frass. The frass tends to be as tiny as a grain of sand. It is hard to locate damage from dry wood termites but they tend to be above ground in furniture or construction materials.
Subterranean termites live in colonies underground where they build tunnels to scavenge for food. These termites are the most common termites in Florida and they attack the house from underneath the structure. Infestation begins in moist warm temperatures and create mud tubes to travel up to foundation of home. These termites are attracted to wood and moisture.
Like subterranean termites, formosan termites are attracted to warm climates and are common in Florida. When it comes to protecting their nests they are much more aggressive than any other termite. These termites nest in the soil and use mud tubes like subterranean termites to invade structures. Damage can be noticed as these termites leave behind smooth sided galleries and your structures may begin to sag.
Damp Wood Termites
Damp wood termites are much bigger than subterranean termites and tend to eat wood with high moisture content. They tend to go after wood that is on the ground and are common in south Florida. Wood that is damaged by these termites tends to look smooth and clean inside. They eat the wood across the grain and also create frass like dry wood termites. The frass is then used to seal the galleries. Some things they go after are logs, stumps, dead trees, leaky pipes, or gutters.
Do You Have Termites?
Some things to look for if you believe you may have termites is droppings that look like small balls of wood, mud tubes, or wings from the termites. If you see any of these signs give us a call so we can schedule an inspection. Even if you don’t see any of these warning signs we suggest you call us to do an inspection as it is difficult to detect the warning signs.