Eliminating Termites from Your Home

2 Types of Termites and Their Signs of Infestation

Once a colony of termites invades your home, you can be left with expensive repairs. Depending on the type of termite involved, your damages can differ. Here are two types of termites and the infestation signs associated with them.

Subterranean Termites

Just as their name suggests, subterranean termites tend to build colonies under the ground. They are highly dependent on moisture, and prefer humid, subtropical climates. Subterranean termites do not fare well in cold regions, but may still inhabit a home with central heat. After they eat wood, they fill it with soil to protect the moisture level in their environment.

Signs of infestation

  • Mud Tubes When they need  to travel above ground to find food, they use mud tunnels. The tunnels are made of soil and saliva from the worker termites. The tunnels, which protect the moisture levels of the termites, usually run from underneath the ground to the outside. Tunnels may be seen on the exterior walls of an infested structure.
  • Wing Piles When the swarmer termites mate, they shed their wings. Small piles of wings may be found near entry points into a newly colonized dwelling. 
  • Crumbly Wood When subterranean worker termites consume wood, they replace the hollow areas with soil. Thus, if the wood beams underneath your home crumble in spots, you probably have a subterranean termite infestation. 

Drywood Termites


Drywood termites usually colonize in wood siding, trim or attics. They don't rely on the soil as subterranean termites do. Any moisture that they need is received from the wood. In addition, they may consume a wide variety of wood products, such as furniture, paper or flooring. 

Signs of Drywood Termite Infestation

  • Swarming Once a drywood termite colony has reached maturity, large numbers of flying males and females leave the current colony in search of a new home. If you spot swarms of flying termites, a drywood termite infestation may be on the way.
  • Pellet Mounds Drywood termites produce fecal pellets that are shaped like hexagons. As they tunnel into wood, they kick out the pellets. If you are noticing the continual formation of little pellet mounds, there is probably an active drywood termite colony nearby.

A termite colony can wreak havoc with the wood in your home. However, there are multiple types of termites that can colonize a dwelling. If you believe that your home may be infested, talk to a local

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Eliminating Termites from Your Home

My father has been a pastor for the same evangelical church in my hometown for the past twenty-nine years. I was only seven years old when my dad began working at this small country church. Over the years, I’ve become quite close to many of the parishioners at this place of worship. Some of these precious people feel like family too me. A couple of years ago, one of the ladies at the church discovered that her home was infested with termites. After consulting with a pest control specialist, she decided to have this individual tent her home in order to rid it of the pesky termites that were slowly destroying it. Now, she has a safe, termite free place to live. On this blog, you will discover the most technologically advanced ways to eliminate termites from your home.