Termite Information

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Termites are wood destroying insects. While they play an important role in nature, experts estimate they cause $2.5 billion of property damage each year. There are three major kinds of termites in the United States.  (dampwood, drywood and subterranean) Dampwood termites commonly live in heavily forested areas of the country as they prefer wet wood, while drywood termites, which are much more rare in the United States, prefer extremely dry wood. Subterranean termites require moist environments, live mainly in the soil and are the most destructive species. Depending on your geographical location, termite swarms should be visible in the early spring. Termite swarms can be confused with flying ants. Telltale signs of termite infestation include soft wood in the home, mud tubes in the interior or exterior of your home (often near the foundation), and darkening or blistering of wood structures they have even been known to eat sheet rock. Termites are social insects that live in colonies. Each termite has a specific role in the colony. The queen lays the eggs - possibly several thousand each day in some kinds of termites. Worker termites are the only ones that cause damage to wood - their job is to gather food and enlarge the colony. Soldiers have huge heads and long jaws they use to protect the colony from enemies. The termites that you may see are the winged reproductives that swarm in early spring.

Swarming Termites

Worker Termites

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