Termites In Maryland: Everything Homeowners Should Know
Summer is the season when the beauty of Maryland truly shines. Over the past few months, our beautiful state has been flourishing. In tandem with all the beauty comes all forms of animal life, which sometimes means pests. Insects thrive during the summer months, and termites are one of the main concerns for Maryland pest control. Capitol Pest wants you to be safe at the end of our summer season.
Is There A Difference Between Subterranean And Regular Termites?
In Maryland, there are different kinds of termites, including subterranean and drywood termites. The main distinguishing factor is subterranean termites’ need for moisture. This need makes them build their nests underground, where they can trap in and collect condensation and droplets. Drywood termites have no need for moisture and can build an entire nest in wood structures without returning to the soil.
Some key differences between subterranean termites and drywood termites are:
- Subterranean termites have extended colonies in the soil while drywood termites can set up entirely in wood.
- Subterranean termites use mud tubes to bridge from their underground nest to the wood of structures. Mud tubes usually cling to foundations, making a moisture-rich passageway for the wood-eating pests.
- Subterranean termites swarm during the day, while drywood termites swarm at night.
- Subterranean termites are smaller than drywood termites.
Knowing what type of infestation you have can help determine pest control treatment options. Subterranean termites require both the soil and the house to be treated.
What Can Cause Termites To Invade Your House?
Termites look for wood because it is their food. They actually digest the cellulose to survive. Many termites also look for moisture. Some things that attract them to your property are:
- Soil connecting to wood structures
- Brush and branches leading to house exteriors
- Cracks in the house exterior
- Moisture within the walls, like leaking pipes
- Satellite nests in the yard, such as in dead wood or trees
These pests will venture out and set up new nests with new queens after the winged reproducers multiply. They can have several locations on a property.
I Found Some Sawdust! Could That Be A Sign That I Have Termites?
Sawdust and frass (termite droppings) can be dead giveaways that termites are within your walls or floors. Termites chew away at the wood, letting small dust-sized particles drop down into conical piles from exposed areas. While this is a main indicator, it isn’t the only one. Other signs of termites in home areas are:
- Damaged wood on the property
- Wood with moisture damage, like bubbling paint
- Mud tubes on the foundation
- Shed wings of reproducing alate termites
- Flying termites around your property
Your wood structures won’t be safe if you aren’t inspecting them regularly. Look for mud tubes on the foundation, sawdust, or check for damaged wood to identify a termite problem. Due to some termites' need for moisture, you’ll see cleverly built tunnels from soil to wood. This means there’s a nest underground, too.
Help! I Think I Have Termites Destroying My Home! What Should I Do?
If these insects have infiltrated your home, they are most likely set up across the whole range of the property. They like to establish themselves in multiple locations, which means you’ll have difficulty fending them off with consumer termite treatments. Worse yet, subterranean termites have nests that can’t be reached without proper technology.
At Capitol Pest, we have solutions to get even the hardest dug-in termite colony. Our experience, advanced technology, and extensive knowledge equip us to deal with any pest problem in Maryland. We are the best way to get rid of termites. Give us a call today.