3 Types of Above-Ground Termites

3 Types of Above-Ground Termites

Termites can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare because their colonies often go unnoticed until the damage they’ve caused to wood structures has become irreparable. However, not all termites live underground. Although there are many that build subterranean nests, there are others that live above-ground that are easier to locate and eradicate than others.

Continue reading to learn more about the 3 common types of above-ground termites.

Mound-Building Termites

Mound-building termites are one of a few species that build above-ground termite nests. These nests are most commonly found in hot climates and work well at protecting the termites from high temperatures. One of the most interesting things about termite mounds is that termites will include chimneys throughout the nest to help facilitate airflow.

Drywood Termites

Drywood termites like to build their nests in dry, dead wood. The wood they build their nests in doesn’t need to be moist, so these colonies can be found in furniture, wooden beams, and wood floors. Drywood termites are the ones you’ll most likely find in your home if you have an infestation.

Dampwood Termites

As the name suggests, dampwood termites prefer to nest in wet or rotting wood. Wood that has a consistent source of moisture, such as soil, is their ideal habitat. This species of termite is also commonly found in homes where water has gotten inside. If you have any type of water damage in your home, it’s possible dampwood termites might attempt to nest there.

Termite colonies are vast and often go unnoticed until it’s too late. If you think your home or property might be providing a good spot for termites to flourish, don’t wait to take action. Take care to regularly inspect your property and call a professional if you see any termite activity. Once termites nest, it can be challenging to get rid of them, so the sooner you act, the better.