Types of Termites and the Damage They Can Cause

November 1, 2017


You may not be aware, but the structures on your property as well as your home could be in real danger. Even as you read this, an army of tiny attackers could be fast at work gnawing away at the walls, the porch, and possibly even inside your furniture. Many times, hard to recognize with the naked eye, termites can wreak some serious havoc, and in some cases, permanent damage. Working around the clock, these little destroyers can be an incredible nuisance causing estimated annual damages in the United States in the several billion. If you're interested in termite removal in St Augustine, such as ways to prevent damage to your home's interior and exterior wood, boats, trees, decks, and child play areas; check out this helpful guide to better understand the different types of termites you could be dealing with as well the harm they can cause.


Subterranean Termites

These are commonly referred to as ground termites. Similar to ants, these troublemakers burrow underground and live in large colonies. These guys mainly survive off of wood and will dig deep into the earth in search of it. Unlucky for us, they find this, many times in suburban and rural homes. Usually sticking to warmer climates means these suckers are hugely abundant in the Florida region. This is why, as a St Augustine property owner, it’s imperative to consider your options for termite prevention and treatments such as fumigation and control.


Drywood Termites

Unlike subterranean termite, these guys stay above ground, usually living in trees. Drywoods are found in the southern parts of America, as they too prefer warmer climates. These termites burrow into the wood and eat it from the inside out. Common places you'll find drywood termites is in your homes structural framework as well as attics and door and window frames. An easily recognizable sign that drywoods have infested a structure is a splintered crumbling appearance.
As their namesake suggests, these termites burrow their colonies into wet, dead wood. Although dampwoods can be found in the Florida region, they are considered much more of a hazard along the Pacific coast as well as some parts of the southwest deserts.


Of all American termites, these guys are considered the most destructive of the species. Like subterranean termites, Formosan termites also burrow deep into the ground and attack the wood from their nests directly by forming mud tubes. Arriving at the United States from Asia, they are thought to have been spread across the nation by the wooden slats used in the production of the early railway systems. These termites are found in California, New Mexico, and several southern states.


Dampwood Termites

As their namesake suggests, these termites burrow their colonies into wet, dead wood. Although dampwoods can be found in the Florida region, they are considered much more of a hazard along the Pacific coast as well as some parts of the southwest deserts.


Formosan Termites

If you live in the St Augustine area, and are worried that your home and property may be infested  or mayb e have questions concerning prevention, removal or fumigation, contact the experts at Champion Termite & Pest Control.