When it comes to repairs to your home, one issue can be attributed to a tiny insect – termites. These pests have a voracious appetite for wood that can lead to major problems and leave you with costly repairs.
Signs of Termites
There are several telltale signs that your home has termites setting up residence and are dining on it every day. The following are a few things to look for when doing a visual inspection.
– Holes: Check wood fittings around doors, windowsills, decks, steps, wood paneling, wood floors, doors, or any other wood-based structure for tiny round holes about the size of the head of a nail.
– Cracks: Check all areas for cracks in the wood. Termites eat from the inside out, so instead of holes you may see a series of dry cracks and crevices. Wood that has been eaten by termites is easy to puncture. You can also tap it. If it sounds hollow, most likely termites have been chewing away.
– Droppings: Check around wood areas for a fine powdery substance that resembles sawdust. This fine dust may be droppings from drywood termites.
– Mud tubes: If you see small tunnels, these are termite subways into your home.
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Termites in general keep NJ termite control professionals busy throughout the year, but these pests aren’t all alike. Two of these types, subterranean and drywood, have quite a few differences.
Where Do They Nest?
Subterranean and drywood termites have very different preferences when it comes to their nests. Subterranean termites tend to build nests in the ground and create mud tubes for traveling through. Drywood termites don’t make mud tubes, and they tend to build their nests inside wood.
Both subterranean and drywood termites have winged reproductives known as swarmers, but their behavior differs. Subterranean swarmers tend to fly during the day, while drywood swarmers are typically active at night. Subterranean swarmers are usually found with their wings and body attached, but drywood swarmers tend to shed their wings.
Subterranean soldiers have rectangular heads, no teeth and a hard plate on their back that is narrower than their head. Drywood soldiers have rounded heads, mandibles with teeth and a hard plate that is wider than their head.
Subterranean workers only feed on soft spring wood, and they eat along the grain. Drywood workers are known for eating harder summer wood and softer spring wood. They eat both along and across the grain.
Whether you have subterranean or drywood termites, it’s important to seek reliable NJ termite control services. Contact Allison Pest Control, and we’ll rid your home of these pests.