Of the 2,000+ species of termites worldwide, 40 can be found in the US. However, they all share a similar appearance. These destructive insects are generally about ¼ to ½ inch long, they have long and narrow wings, and have a pair of straight antennae. Their colors can range from white to light brown- worker termites often appear lighter while swarming termites are commonly darker. There are four prominent types of termites:
- Dampwood Termite. These are most common on the Pacific Coast, Southwestern region, and in South Florida.
- Drywood Termite. These most often reside in southern, coastal and Southwestern states.
- Formosan Termite. These prefer warm climates and have a preference for the Southern United States.
- Subterranean Termite. These are the most common type of termite throughout the entire US. They can be found in every state besides Alaska, though they tend to commune most often in warm weather states. You’ll most likely find these critters in the subtropical South between Florida and Southern California.
Termites are famously known as the “silent destroyer.” These sneaky pests will hide in your home or yard without your knowledge as they cause unseen damage. And before you realize their presence, they can devastate your home or property. This is because they live on a diet of cellulose-based plant materials, which include cotton, hemp, and wood. And nearly all homes contain an enticing cellulose feast in their walls. As such, termites cause almost five billion dollars in property damage every year.
How to prevent termites:
While termites are a dreaded and often devastating presence, there are solutions in the case that your home is infested. Upon noticing their signs of destruction, do not hesitate to call on your trusted termite and pest control expert. We at Pete’s Termite and Pest Control are prepared to rid your home of the critters that make your house less of a home. Call us today for a restored, bug-free living space.