Nevada has the misfortune to be home to two different types of termites. The two common termites found in Las Vegas homes are subterranean termites and drywood termites. While both types of termites can cause serious damage, they have many differences that are important to be aware of. Determining the type of termite invading the space that is to be treated is the first step in getting rid of these pests for good.
Subterranean Termites. Subterranean termites usually begin to swarm in Spring. When they swarm, they form many different groups of termites which will reproduce and create new colonies in different locations. These termites require soil to live. They live underground and build tunnels, also called mud tubes, to get to their food source. Not even concrete can stop them from feasting; they can tunnel right through it. Their favored source of food is cellulose. Cellulose is a major sugar found in wood, textiles, and many other materials. When termites invade an area, nothing with cellulose as an ingredient is safe.
Drywood termites: These termites are difficult to spot and can be very destructive. Drywood termites do not need to have contact with soil, moisture, or other sources of water, so they are not limited in terms of where they can infest. Rather than spotting them or their homes, which is the way subterranean termites are found, drywood termites are usually identified by the damage they cause. Usually, homeowners realize they have a termite problem when they see dusty wood debris under window sills, below cabinets, or beneath other wooden structures. Though seeing this sawdust material can be concerning, once it is caught the professionals at Morgan Termite and Pest Control can begin working to exterminate the termites and minimize damage.
Homeowners who suspect they may have termites should start by calling Morgan Termite and Pest Control. We will help to identify the type of termite and schedule an inspection to help protect your home.