The Different Types of Termites

Different types of termites are found all over the world. They have different rates of destruction and often different patterns of destructive behavior. All termites live in colonies and serve their nest’s greater good. You can count on some types destroying a home in just a few months while others eat at a slower rate and give you a few years before the damage is overwhelming.

There are 5 different types of termites. The Eastern Subterranean is a termite that is known for eating soil. This particular group is found all over the United States and is considered to be the most common kind. Colonies are huge, and can be 5 million in number. Most are not that big. If you find a colony in your back yard don’t be surprised if there are at least 50,000 of them just under the surface of the ground. The colony is a unit, and it acts as a single group with a single goal. That goal is simply to continue to grow and thrive.

Formosan Subterranean is the group of termites that can out eat almost all other beings. Their ability to consume wood has earned them the esteemed honor of being called the “Super Termite.” With 1300 daily eggs laid to hatch and the ability to eat more than a pound of wood every single day you can be sure these guys mean business. This is a serious termite that ultimately causes serious damage. By the time you find one you can be almost certain that there is already a great deal of damage.

The Western termite if found in the western region of the US. They have a special taste for walls, wooden dressers, and floors. The tunnels that termites leave behind are very distinctive. If you recognize these tunnels you will know that there is a swarm of termites eating your books and bookshelves. Most of the time they confine themselves to warmer climates, basements, and the first floor of a home.

Drywood termites live in only dried wood. They are often discovered thanks to the sawdust they leave behind. Unlike the mud nest dwelling Desert termites who rest in the nests they hang in your home, the Drywood termites leave behind fecal matter that is also highly distinctive. The different types of termites all have individual details that make them stand out but in the end, a termite infestation requires immediate attention. It’s important that you learn about the termites in your region so that you can intervene before serious damage has occurred when possible.

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