Termites are a nuisance to say the least, that is if you find them before they do any harm, if you aren’t so lucky then they can cause serious and expensive damage to your home and in some cases even destroy it completely. Old homes are most associated with termite problems, this is sometimes just because they have been made of wood that termites eat and sometimes leave little of the structure of a house intact. Also on newer homes made of wood the wood will often be treated to keep termites off; older timbers can be retreated though. Termites you may think would be easy to spot but unless you are looking you could go for years without realizing they are there, by this time it may be too late and it may only be visible damage that gives their presence away.
There are two main types of termites you need to be aware of: drywood termites and subterranean termites. Drywood termites, may get into and eat timbers’ already damaged and dried out with age, they can ea this wood more easily and so thrive on it. Subterranean termites live under the ground and normally eat rotting fallen wood but they can also get into your home and eat any wood they find, unless it has been treated. Surprisingly it is subterranean termites that cause most damage to homes in the US.