We can break in just about anywhere
Termites can sneak into your house through a crack or crevice as thin as the edge of a credit card—which can make it difficult to prevent them from getting in and getting at your wood beams. Learn the must-know tips for DIY termite control.
There are more than one species
Termites show up throughout the lower 48 states and Hawaii, while Alaska’s frigid winters keep them at bay. “Termites can be classified into three distinct groups: subterranean, drywood, and dampwood,” says Sydney Crawley, PhD, a public health entomologist with Scotts Miracle-Gro. “Subterranean is the most common group in the U.S., and they live in the soil under and around homes. Drywood termites build their nests in dry, above-ground wood. Drywood termites weaken structures by chewing tunnels inside the wood. Dampwood termites infest decaying wood where moisture is prevalent, such as wooden structures that are water-damaged or that rest directly on the ground. They will also infest stumps, lumber, and fallen trees.”