There are about 45 types of insects that are classified as termites in the United States. Many homeowners can’t tell the difference between these and ants that’s why it is important to identify early stages of infection like termite droppings, and this could lead to the deterioration of the home. It’s important to know that termites are usually white or pale in color and their antennas are beaded and straight.
A small opening or crack is enough for a termite to enter your home. Termites are attracted to homes because they’re built with materials rich in cellulose—all of which is contained in paper, wood, and cardboard. Termites enter the home in two main ways: by feasting in the wood (drywood) or by invading the home via subterranean entry points.
With drywood invasions, termites tend to find small cracks or crevices in wood in which they can seal themselves in and create nests to lay their eggs. This allows them to form a colony and could seriously damage your home in a few short years if not treated in time. Drywood termites do not need to live underground to survive, and as such, they’re more potentially damaging than subterranean termites.
Drywood termites tend to be a problem in warmer parts of the country. They can also enter homes and businesses due to regular human activity, since they’re sometimes in cargo shipments or in contaminated food. Most termite damage in the United States is caused by drywood termites.
Subterranean termites prefer living underground and often enter homes at the ground level. They frequently invade homes in areas of the home where wood is contacting the soil, such as porches, door frames, supports and even areas where brick or concrete may come into contact with wood. These are usually found in all parts of the United States, except Alaska, due to the weather.