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Types of Termites & How to Manage Them

Many home and business owners all over the country experience the same problem when it comes to termites eating away at the wood of their buildings. Termite damage is a frustrating problem as it harms valuable property that must be repaired if it is neglected for too long.

Subterranean Termite.

One of the most common and destructive termite is known as the Subterranean termite. These annoying pests feed on the wood of a building while striking wooden floors, furnishings, window frames, doors, wall paneling and much more. To identify this kind of termite damage, check for wood that looks like brown soil has collected on it.

While these Subterranean termites can cause a wealth of destruction, it does take them years to create substantial damage to buildings. They spend a great deal of time growing and launching their colony which is underground. Usually, they will start to take over a structure that they can easily gain entry to, particularly if there is moisture present.

As home and business owners, prevent termite infestations by stopping any sources of moisture that attract termites. In addition, you must ensure that landscapes are kept clean and neatly trimmed. Be sure that no trees are coming in contact with building walls. Firewood must be stored away from a building and kept dry.

Formosan Termite.

Like the Subterranean termite, the Formosan termite produces the same type of damage. However, this termite can achieve structural damage in three months, much faster than other types of termites.

If you have an area that constantly has moisture, the Formosan termite will produce nests known as cartons which are located usually on a wall, above the ground. The cartons may cause the walls to protrude out which will wreck the structural appearance.

The ground around a building must be taken care of to avoid this. Get rid of any wood debris around your property and ensure it is also removed from the soil.

Ampwood Termite.

Another type of dangerous termite to be aware of is the Ampwood termite. This particular pest will settle and nest in an area supplied with damp or decayed wood. These termites do require moisture to be in the wood that they consume in order for them to create a colony or breed.

The Ampwood termite can be found on logs, tree stumps and dead trees and eventually make their way to infest buildings. You can control these termites by being aware of any pipes that leak to avoid moisture.

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