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Termites – The Destructive Wood Pests

Termites are so destructive to homes and office buildings that they cause damage worth billions of dollars every year in the USA. This means that they are more harmful than earthquakes, tornadoes, and fires combined. Termites consume wood every day of the year. Hence, they can do an inordinate amount of damage to a home’s foundation, and everything that is made of wood.

Subterranean Termite Damage

These termites do most of their damage from within the ground, hence the name. They are also very difficult to find. They chew distinctive honeycomb patterns inside wood, and usually don’t touch the exterior with their tunnels. Subterranean termite colonies are organized into castes depending on their tasks.. The characteristics of a subterranean termite are dependent on the termite’s role in the colony – workers, soldiers and reproductives. Subterranean termites live in underground colonies, or in moist secluded areas above ground. They build distinctive mud tubes to gain access to food sources, and to protect themselves from open air. Like other termite species, they feed on products containing cellulose. Subterranean termites swarm in the spring when groups of reproductive termites go off to start new colonies.

Drywood Termite Damage

Drywood termites found in San Jose leave piles of fecal pellets and mud throughout the wood, as they digest the wood they eat. Southeastern drywood termites, western drywood termites, and powderpost or furniture drywood termites are the three most common types of termites that infest homes in the United States. Drywood termites are social insects. They infest dry wood, like that found in attic framing. Unlike most termite species, drywood termites do not require contact with the soil. Swarming drywood termites fly into structures and infest wood directly.

A drywood termite infestation can be difficult to detect. These insects are rarely seen because they have all the resources their colony needs right in their nest. Look for these signs of drywood termites:

  • Shed wings
  • Swarms of winged termites
  • Tiny kick-out holes in wood
  • Blisters on the surface of the wood
  • Small piles of fecal pellets that look like sawdust
  • Termite galleries made close to the wood’s surface

Dampwood Termite Damage

Dampwood termites aren’t known for attacking buildings or homes. They stick primarily to moist or rotted wood in and around your yard. If you have constant moisture around your house, they could easily mistake it for a rotten tree log.

Termite Inspection and Treatment Services at Planet Orange

Planet Orange offers the most comprehensive services for termite inspection and treatment in San Jose and the Bay area. Our flying termite exterminators use our famous orange oil treatment for getting rid of the termites at your property.

Contact Planet Orange today to know more about our termite damage repair services in San Jose. You can also book an appointment for a free inspection and quote by our experts. Call on (408) 963-6868, or email at info@planetorange.com.