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Each year termites cause significant damage to homes and buildings due to their destructive nature. Termites feed mostly on wood, and damage to your home can be extensive and the repair costs enormous.

Dampwood Termites:

These termites are a little different than their drywood counterparts in that they are usually bigger.

Color – Brown

Length – 1/2" to 5/8” in length with a narrow, oval shaped body.

Diet – Dampwood termites love to feed on wet wood.

Habitat – They are very dependent on moisture, so wood that is constantly and consistently saturated with water is where they will live and feed.

Impact – Since they feed on wet wood, their impact is usually limited to wooden areas around or even in a home that is constantly wet.

Drywood Termites:

Drywood termites live in colonies and are less common than other termites.

Color – Light brown

Length – 3/8” to 1” in length with slender, oval shaped body.

Diet – Their diet consists mainly of wood, plastic, wallpaper and fabric that has been manufactured from plants.

Habitat – They are almost entirely found in dry wood.

Impact – These termites can tunnel into and nest in the wooden supports of homes and buildings and as a result weaken the support structure.

Subterranean Termites:

The subterranean termites are the most damaging to homes and properties.

Color – Range from peach to brown in color

Length – 1/8” to 1”

Diet – Their diet consists mainly of wood, plastic, wallpaper and fabric that has been manufactured from plants.

Habitat – These termites must maintain some kind of contact with soil, as they require moisture. They can often make mud tunnels near wooden areas of the home.

Termite Control – The subterranean termite is probably the most common and the most destructive to the wood structure of your home. If you suspect you have termites, you should not hesitate to rid your home of these damaging creatures.

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