The Different Types of Termites and The Damage They Can Cause to Your Home

Termite Nest In Home
Termite Nest In Home

Termites wreak havoc in your home. Trust us. You don’t want one of these guys to make a snack out of your home. Although you can’t always see termites, you’ll be able to tell that they’re in your home by the evidence they leave behind.

Believe it or not, there are thousands of termite species that exist. However, there are a few species that should be on your radar. Let’s take a look at them!

Subterranean Termites

This type of termite lives underground with their colonies. They love feeding on wood, so they aren’t afraid to tunnel up ground to find it. Subterranean termites are one of the most destructive species of termites because they aren’t afraid to destroy parts of your home like your foundation, support beams, plastic pipes, insulation, and more. Typically, 95 percent of all termite damage is caused by subterranean termites.

Dry-wood Termites

Unlike subterranean termites, dry-wood termites make their homes inside wood and trees. They are typically found in Southern California and the Southeast United States. If you’re looking for signs of termites in your home, dry-wood termites enjoy making homes in attics, doorframes, and window frames.

Damp-wood Termites

As their name implies, the damp-wood termite enjoys forming their colonies in damp, decaying wood. If your home has moisture or regular plumbing issues, be aware. They love damp wood, so they’ll be attracted to a home with high moisture content.

These termites differ from the rest because they are typically larger and more noticeable than other termite species.

Formosan Termites

One of the most destructive termites of them all is the formosan termite. Underground, formosan termites are divided into colonies and have been known to nest inside a structure’s walls. These termites are aggressive and nasty, so they’re often difficult to control once found within a structure.

Conehead Termites

Because conehead termites don’t build underground tunnels to travel, you can find them walking around on the ground like ants. Conehead termites can rapidly repopulate, and they are known to be very aggressive.

Do You Suspect Termites in Your Home?

If you suspect termites in your home, make sure you’re contacting the professionals at Cornerstone Home Inspections. All of our inspectors are licensed New Jersey WDI Inspectors and will perform a termite inspection at the time of your home inspection!

Contact us today to learn more!