Insects have been around for hundreds of millions of years. In fact, there are more of them on the planet than humans!
Fortunately, the majority of them are harmless. However, some are considered to be pests.
Take termites, for example, these wood-addicted insects can cause significant damage to buildings. In the U.S. alone, they cause more than a billion dollars in damage each year!
Think you might have a termite infestation? Want to know about the different types of termites that are in the Texas area?
If so, you’re on the right page. Keep reading to learn more about the topic!
What Are Termites?
Termites are small, whitish insects that feed on cellulose, an organic fiber found in plant matter. While they mainly eat wood, they can also eat on other materials such as plastic, drywall, and paper.
As it is with most insects, they live in large colonies, which can consist of millions of individuals.
Common Types of Termites in Texas
There are a couple of species of termites that are native to the Texas area. Here’s what you need to know about them.
Formosan Subterranean Termites
Subterranean termites are one of the most destructive species of termites in the world. Like other species, they like to build large nests around your home and connect them to food sources such as trees or wooden fences.
While there are many species of subterranean termites, the one that you’re most likely to come across in Texas is the Formosan subterranean termite. Not only are they aggressive, but they’re known for destroying wooden structures at an incredible speed.
Southeastern Drywood Termites
Drywood termites are different from Formosan termites in that they don’t tunnel into your home. Instead, they make their nests directly inside your walls and foundation.
The colonies are also smaller in comparison—that is, they usually contain a few thousand members. In Texas, they’re typically found from early spring to fall.
Signs That You Have a Termite Infestation
There are several signs that you might have a termite infestation. For one thing, it’s not uncommon for termites to discard their wings when they’re leaving their nest. In other words, you might find them lying around the house (e.g. near window stills, doors, etc).
Not only that but watch for clicking sounds. That’s from them banging their hands against the tunnels to alert other termites of danger. If you hear this noise, chances are, you’ll need to call in pest control—they’ll have the necessary tools to deal with the situation.
And there you have it—a short guide on some of the most common types of termites in Texas. As you can see, there are more than one species that you might run into!
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