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How to Tell What Type of Termites You Have

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Have you had trouble with termites in or around your home? If so, it can be helpful to determine the type of termites you have in order to understand the best ways remove them and prevent them in the future. Three of the main kinds of termites include subterranean, drywood and swarmer.

Subterranean

Subterranean termites often live in colonies and nest underground in moist conditions. As a result, they will often leave remnants of mud or dirt from their nests on the wood they feed on. You can often identify subterranean termites because they will only eat softwood, which leaves the wood looking layered where the hardwood is left.

Drywood

Unlike subterranean termites, drywoods do not need much moisture to nest, allowing them to live in wood and other dry places away from the ground. The soldiers and workers of these colonies are usually larger than those of subterranean colonies, which can be helpful in identifying them. The feces can also distinguish these pests, as they leave dry pellets about 1 millimeter long.

Swarmer

While swarmers are often part of a larger colony, they are the termite adults that have wings and usually travel in packs. They have a small black head and white wings that will shed fairly soon after they start to fly. Although swarmers do not cause damage, spotting them around your home can be a sign that there is a colony nearby.

If you are having termite issues, try to identify which type you may have in order to properly find and remove them. If you need help with termite treatment, contact Cliff’s Pest Control, Inc. in San Bernardino today.

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