When we get calls for residential or commercial pest control, the most commonly requested service is for help with termite control and management. The three varieties of termite that cause 90% of all damage in Florida are the drywood, dampwood and subterranean termite. Each termite presents, reproduces and is controlled in slightly different ways, so it’s important to know which one is causing you trouble before any action is taken.
The drywood termite makes its home in – as the name suggests – dry, structurally sound wood, usually in well-established older structures. From flooring to furniture, drywood termites can infest and damage just about every sort of non-decayed wood you can imagine.
Dampwood termite colonies form in wood that’s more saturated with moisture; ideal spots for dampwood termites include decaying stumps, old logs, and dead trees, but they find their way into manmade wood structures that have been allowed to retain moisture.
Subterranean termites, again as the name might suggest, live in large colonies within the soil. Many of the more populous species of subterranean termite utilize a distributed, decentralized colony structure that can lead to them foraging for wood to eat nearly 100 yards from home.
There are multiple signs home and business owners can be aware of and keep an eye out for to let them know they might be facing a termite infestation. Drywood termites leave feces behind in six-sided pellets, usually tan or black; wood that has been damaged by dampwood termites may present as solid, but will feel soft or sound hollow when knocked. Subterranean termites are often the easiest culprits to detect, as they usually leave mud tubes in the soil and easily-visible open holes in infested wood.