Australia has many pests that can strike fear into the hearts of Australian homeowners. But of all Australian pests, the termite is by far the most destructive. And that's why termite control costs Australia one billion dollars a year. Unfortunately, three types of termites can attack and damage your home: the dampwood termite, the drywood termite and the subterranean termite.
As a homeowner, you can protect your home from termites by getting to know the different types.
1. Dampwood termites
Dampwood termites enjoy feasting on damp wood. This type of termite also builds its colonies in sources of damp wood, such as rotting tree stumps, logs and anything damp and wooden that is in contact with the soil.
Of the three types of termites that could attack your home, dampwood termites are the least likely to invade because, in most cases, your home won't have an abundant supply of damp wood for dampwood termites to feast on. As such, if you find dampwood termites living in a log or stump in your yard, you don't necessarily need to arrange for termite extermination.
As long as you keep your home dry, dampwood termites won't attack. Dampwood termites don't build their colonies in the soil or in mud tunnels, unlike subterranean termites.
2. Drywood termites
Drywood termites can invade a building from anywhere, as long as they can access that building through a crack or opening in a wooden component because drywood termites can fly. For instance, termite exterminators often find drywood termite colonies in roofing materials and attics.
Because drywood termites can invade your home from above, termite inspections should cover your attic as well. That's why you should leave termite inspections to the professionals.
Drywood termites have small colonies like the dampwood termite, usually of about several thousand termites. Because drywood termites spend their entire lives inside wood, they can be difficult to spot.
3. Subterranean termites
Subterranean termites are by far the worst and most damaging termites on this list because subterranean termite colonies can contain tens of thousands of termites. And from their colonies deep underground, these termites forage in all directions without stopping to take a break. A single subterranean termite colony may infest multiple sources of wood at the same time.
Dampwood termites need a source of damp wood that is in contact with the ground. Drywood termites need wood with an access point. Subterranean termites on other hand are far more destructive because they can build mud tunnels above the ground that help them to reach wood sources. Because of their ability to build mud tunnels and their huge colonies, subterranean termites are difficult to exterminate.
Have you seen evidence of termites on your property? Then consider calling a termite extermination service before those termites take an interest in your home.