All About Termites

Everything you ever wanted to know about these destructive pests.

There are more than 3,100 known species of termites.

Termites have been an important part of the earth’s ecological system for many millions of years. They infest dead and dying trees and speed up the natural cycle of deterioration— allowing for new growth to begin. 

In the U.S., subterranean termites, are a concern in every state except Alaska. Subterranean termites (including Eastern, Western, Desert, and Formosan), which build underground galleries, can be extremely destructive. They can on feed on wooden structures (like your home) and can cause serious damage.


Termites all share a virtually insatiable appetite for wood and other cellulose-containing materials. Given enough time, they can cause extensive damage


Termites are social insects that live in colonies where populations can reach millions of individuals. A termite colony consists of several morphologically differentiated forms living together as castes with different functions in the colony community life.

Types of termites affecting structures in the U.S.

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