Termites are silent destroyers that can chew through your home’s wood, flooring, and wallpaper undetected. It’s estimated that termites do $5 billion of damage each year. However, there are multiple types of termites all capable of dealing significant structural damage to your home. In order to help you defend your home, we’re providing you the information you need! Let the pros at Boz Pest Control give you a quick primer on the most common types of termites in Massachusetts. For a more comprehensive examination of termite types, take a look here.
Found in nearly every state, subterranean termites are the most destructive type of termite in America. They have a reputation for amassing into large colonies and eating through wood. A particularly nasty species is the Formosan termite, which clusters into larger colonies and has an aggressive nature. Formosan termites are recognizable by their darker, yellow-brown color. They generally appear in Hawaii, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, and California.
Drywood termites generally inhabit the southernmost states in the country, like Florida and New Mexico. However, they can survive in northern climates under the right circumstances. Unlike other termites, they don’t need moisture from the soil and can subsist solely on nutrition from eating wood. They often establish their nests in roof materials, wooden wall supports, and dead wood around a home, especially if there’s water nearby. Drywood termite infestations can be difficult to treat because they can make multiple colonies in a single house.
Dampwood termites are usually found in the Pacific coastal states and adjacent ones. In addition, they can show up in the desert and semi-arid southwest states and southern Florida. As the name suggests, dampwood termites prefer wood with high moisture content and particularly enjoy decaying wood. They’re easily recognizable by their larger size and their reddish-brown heads. Like drywood termites, they can survive without being reliant on the soil. Because they’re reliant on having a free water source, they don’t often infest homes due to the low moisture content. However, you should still be careful to avoid accidentally attracting dampwood termites to your home.
For over 30 years, Boz Pest Control has been helping people take back their homes from all sorts of vermin and pests. Our termite elimination service will treat your home and yard with Termidor, a safe and effective insecticide that’s safe for children and pets while lethal for termites. Several major housing authorities on Boston’s North Shore trust us as their number one pest control provider. If you’re finding yourself fighting against pests, make the smart choice and call Boz Pest Control today!