Termites are often called “silent destroyers” because they can eat away at your home and jeopardize its structural integrity without you noticing. They feed primarily on cellulose. Cellulose is found in wood and wood products, making your home an all-you-can-eat buffet for these hungry pests. Termites cause over $5 billion in property damage yearly in the United States.
East Coast Termite Damage
On the East Coast, the most common termite species is the Eastern subterranean termite. These termites live in underground colonies and forage for food sources, such as the wooden aspects of your home, through mud tubes they create. They can cause extensive damage to the wood in your home, including floor joists, support beams, and even furniture.
California Termite Damage
Similarly, California faces its own termite challenges. The most common termite species in the state include the Western subterranean termite (Reticulitermes hesperus) and the Western drywood termite (Incisitermes minor). These termites can be found in both residential and commercial properties, causing significant damage if not promptly addressed.