Termites are some of the most dangerous pests found throughout the Dallas area. Known for their ability to chew through homes silently, they can end up costing you thousands of dollars if not taken care of quickly. While they won’t harm humans, they will break your pocketbook. Termites are responsible for millions of dollars in home damage every year in Dallas. If you’re going to avoid falling victim to these tiny critters, you must know how to identify them. Read on to learn more about the three most common types of termites in Dallas!
As their name implies, subterranean termites like to hang out underground. These small, often transparent or orange-tinted termites tunnel through your lawn to find wooden structures to eat. They feed on soft, damp wood such as that found in your homes’ support beams or basement. Subterranean termites are some of the most common and worst to deal with because of how sneaky they are. Unless you’re regularly having Integrity Termite & Pest Services come and check your home, they may settle in and cause damage before you even know it.
Drywood termites are different from subterranean termites in that their preference is dry wood. They fly to their food source rather than tunneling and are found in attics or windows. They’re easy to spot from their dark wing veins and large, approximately half an inch, when fully grown. Drywood termites tend to swarm in the summer, so keep your eyes peeled for large swarms of dark brown bugs.
Formosan termites are like a blend of subterranean and dry wood termites. They are aggressive eaters and will chew quickly through both dry and damp wood. Formosan termites tend to prefer humid climates, so they aren’t as common in Dallas but still a concern for homeowners. Their light brown bodies can be seen flying around lights in the evening, making them easy to spot. Formosan termites can do extreme damage to your home in a small amount of time.
What You Can Do About Termites
The best way to handle a termite infestation is by never letting it take root in the first place. If you have a professional Integrity Termite & Pest Services expert out regularly, you’ll never need to worry about termites. Should you want to try to keep an eye out for yourself, some common warning signs include tunneling, which can be seen as small, pencil-width tunnels in the soil around the home. You can also hear hollow noises if you knock on the walls or see dead termites near window sills or room corners. Over-the-counter pest control solutions rarely eradicate the entire termite problem, so if you suspect termites, it’s best to contact a professional.
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