Termite Exterminator: What Attracts Termites?


If a termite exterminator in Springfield or the surrounding area is what you’re looking for, you’ve got the best there is! Termites can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home, or worse, if not eliminated quickly. If you presume you have a termite infestation, don’t wait! The sooner you call the termite exterminator, the sooner they can eliminate the pests before they damage your home permanently. Expert Pest Solutions are the best professional termite exterminator service in the area!

There are three common types of home-invading termites: dampwood, drywood, and subterranean. They are all drawn to homes for different reasons. Most dampwood and drywood termites live inside the wood that they consume, while subterranean termites mostly live in the ground and venture to and from the wood they prefer back to their underground colony. The subterranean species are also more likely to live in large groups. There are four species of termites in Missouri, all of which are of the subterranean species.

While all termites are attracted to wood of some kind, they each have their own specific preferences. As their names would indicate, dampwood and drywood termites seek out moist or dry woods respectively. Subterranean termites must have moist soil nearby and will infest any wood that is in contact with the ground; things such as tree roots or posts. Also, subterranean termites will construct mud tubes to move from the soil to wood. Mud tubes essentially become a “link” for the termites to use in order to protect against dehydration and enable a route to any wood that may be located above ground. Homeowners could and sometimes do unknowingly bring termites inside in firewood or untreated lumber.


An active infestation can be identified by: the presence of tunnels in wood, live termites, and a mixture of soil and feces within the tunnels. Termites like to live in large, organized colonies with several different roles, similar to ants and bees. The queen lays the eggs, workers care for the eggs and the larvae, soldier termites defend the colony against invaders and predators, nymphs are termites who develop wings and then fly off and start new colonies of their own – everyone has a roll. This is why it is essential to contact a termite exterminator as soon as you notice a problem!

At Expert Pest Solutions, we have a team of local termite exterminators with years of experience in the field. We offer several options of services to suit your needs and budget. Our specialized service for termites includes sending a termite exterminator to your home to identify and treat infested areas. If you want to stay ahead of any other pests, our quarterly service program may be right for you. If you think termites are destroying your home or business, call one of our termite exterminators today. We service the greater Springfield, MO area including the communities of Ozark, Nixa, Republic, Rogersville, or Strafford. Call (417) 413-4776 to schedule an inspection or request a quote online.