Do you know how many homes in the Knoxville area are built of wood? These are potential targets for termites. What’s easily terrifying is that you may already be infested and not even notice it! These pests surely are quiet house wreckers because they may do a tremendous amount of devastation to your household before you even notice their existence.

All termites in Knoxville have a few basic characteristics they share in common. Normally speaking, termites eat dead plant material. Dead trees and greenery. There are some key differences between where they hide and develop that you should know. Bulwark Exterminating has experience handling all types of termites and the menace they pose to your house. If you’ve observed a termite or some proof of a termite company but aren’t sure what type you are dealing with, you may use our free pest identification service so we can help you work it out.

Below are the major variations of termites Bulwark Exterminating encounters in the Knoxville area:

    • Dampwood Termites – This assortment of termites is the least frequent type of termite in the United States. What sets dampwood termites apart from other termites is they do not have much contact with the soil. They make their homes exclusively in damp or decaying wood. They too tend to be tremendously larger than other types of termites with any growing to three-quarters of an inch in length. Keeping damp or decaying wood elsewhere from contact with your foundation is an excellent start to keeping these pests away from your home. You should again make certain any dampness issues with your house are dispatched of – even slight things like rainwater damage or leaks in your roof.
    • Drywood Termites – These termites are smaller, around a half inch long at its biggest. They go for wood over any alternative type of food. These termites require seldom any moisture and don’t require any contact with the ground to begin their home. Because of this, you might catch these pests in your attic or several other dry, undisturbed locations where they may gain access to wood in your home. While they will eat other forms of plant life, wood is by far their meal of choice. Drywood termites are about a half inch and length and you can most easily discover an infestation by their fecal matter, dry tiny pellets they force out of their tunnels.
    • Subterranean Termites – By far the most common variation of termite you’re likely to encounter, subterranean termites have a few variations depending on the species you are dealing with. Roughly speaking, they make their residence underground, as their name implies. These termites demand damp conditions to thrive, but they also tend to build bigger colonies than other variations of termites. The most straightforward hint that you have a subterranean termite infestation is when you see soil or mud in or around damaged wood. These termites don’t concentrate only on wood as a food source. They eat soft woods like pine and try to not eat hard woods like Oak.

You can read more about the Knoxville termite control services that Bulwark Exterminating provides to homeowners like yourself. If you’d like to contact us about assisting with your current situation, just give us a call at (864) 214-3297 or reach out to us online to find out how we can help solve your termite control trouble!