What Termites Are in Santa Fe NM?
Due to their geographic location and warm climate, Santa Fe and Albuquerque are home to a number of termites within the drywood and subterranean types that infest homes year-round.
Drywood termites and subterranean termites are the two main species of termites found in New Mexico. Within those groups, the eastern subterranean termite, arid-land subterranean termite, and western drywood termite are the most commonly found types. Because New Mexico has a favorable climate year round, drywood and subterranean termites are an active threat to homeowners during every season.
Common Santa Fe and Albuquerque Termites
New Mexico is known for its year-round mild climate that doesn’t experience much humidity, which is why dampwood termites aren’t common in the state. The three types of termites that are most often found in New Mexico include:
- Eastern subterrantean termite: The most common termite in North America, these termites are cream-colored and much smaller than drywood or dampwood termites. They are considered to be the most damaging termite in the nation and can cause a lot of destruction in homes.
- Western drywood termite: Native to the western part of the nation, these termites are known for causing a lot of damage and withstanding habitats with a low moisture content. Western drywood swarmers are active between the months of September and October and swarm during the day.
- Arid-land subterranean termite: Found in regions that experience a lot of sunshine with little moisture, arid-land subterranean termites are typically less damaging than eastern subterranean termites. They are commonly found in sand dunes, and swarm during June and July.
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Identifying Termites in New Mexico
Unless you catch sight of swarming termites, you most likely will never see the termites that have infested your home. Properly identifying what type of termite infestation you have will always be left to a professional who has the training and experience to diagnose infestations. If you suspect termites in your home, it’s always important to call a professional who can correctly identify and treat the infestation before extensive damage is caused.