Pest learning center - Termites

Termites cause more stress for homeowners than probably any other bug.   Why?  Termites are essentially ants that eat wood.  Unfortunately, they will eat your home if they aren't stopped from doing so!

Termite Control

Most termites in North America are classified as subterranean termites, with Eastern Subterranean Termites being the most common species. They dig underground tunnels to live and work in.  Termites search for wood to eat 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Unfortunately, Termites can sneak into a home unnoticed and begin destroying the wood that holds the home together!  In just a matter of months, a termite-ravaged home may need tens of thousands of dollars in repair work to be structurally and cosmetically sound again.

The Most Common Termites

Eastern Subterranean Termites
Termite Infographic

Termite Infographic

  • How to tell: Ants vs Termites
  •  Termite Life Cycle
  •  Frequently Asked Questions
  •  Termite Treatments
  • Traditional
  • Organic

Eastern Subterranean Termites

General Info: Termites are ant-like insects that live in underground mounds up to 20 feet deep. They constantly seek the cellulose found in wood for the growth and sustenance of the colony.

Length:   1/8″ – 3/8″

Region Found:   Eastern United States

Residential Location:   Underground

Random/Interesting Fact:  Unlike most social insects, worker termites can be male as well as female.

Identification: Above ground, they can be found travelling in mud tubes or eating wood/plant matter.  They resemble ants except they have straight antennae and fat mid-sections.

More Information:
The Ohio State University – Biology of Subterranean Termites
Penn State University – Termite Fact Sheet
Virginia Tech –  Signs of Termite Infestation
University of Michigan- BioKids Termites
North Carolina State University – General Termite Info
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