All Termites Are NOT the Same

March 15, 2023by LBN

A termite infestation will occur in most homes, sooner or later. When that does happen, homeowners, are often tempted to try some of the “quick and easy” DIY termite removal methods that are available online. Not only are the DIY methods of doubtful efficacy, but the homeowners also make the mistake of thinking that there is only one species of termite and that there is only one way to get rid of it. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are many types of termites and each one needs to be treated differently to ensure effective termite prevention and removal. In LA, San Diego, and Orange County, both drywood and subterranean termites can be found and both types can infest a home, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. A professional termite company will know which type of termite they aredealing with and will use the most effective treatment to get rid of them.

Subterranean Termites

This species of termite lives underground and builds tunnels to enter buildings so that they can feed on all the wood and cellulose-based material that may be inside. The reason for their living in the ground is that they need huge amounts of water to survive, which they find under the earth. A subterranean termite colony can be huge and consist of hundreds of thousands of termites. Because of the large size of the colonies, this species can do a huge amount of damage in a short period.

These termites are difficult to find because:

  • They remain hidden in the ground and are not easy to see.
  • They feed on the inner surfaces of walls and attics so the damage they do remains hidden until it reaches an advanced stage.

Drywood Termites

These termites live inside the wood they consume. They require less moisture to survive and the dampness that is naturally available in the wood is enough for them. They are usually found in door frames, baseboards, rafters, wall studs and furniture. Drywood termites need about 3 years to reach the stage of maturity where they can swarm to create an infestation.

Because drywood termite colonies are typically smaller than those of the subterranean variety, the damage they do is slower. However, multiple colonies can be found in the same structure so the damage is done at various places.

The Right Termite Removal Method Is Essential

Because subterranean termites live in the ground, removaland prevention normally mean treating the soil around and under the house with a termiticide to kill them. Drywood termites, on the other hand, are often best removed by fumigation. Inboth cases, new eco-friendly methods are also emerging. In case a house is infested by both species of termites, combination treatment is usually the right option.

Understanding the type of termite infestation and the size of the colonies to be removed requires expert knowledge. Only a professional termite removal company will have the knowledge, experience and specialized materials and equipment to ensure complete removal and also prevent future termite infestation.

Your home is not something you want to risk. Only professional termite treatment will give it the protection it needs.