Types of termites:

Look who’s coming to dinner.

Termites are social insects that live in colonies where populations can reach millions. A termite colony is like a vast, dynamic city, focused on growth and expansion. Each colony consists of several structurally differentiated termite forms living together as castes, all working together to support their colony and can turn your home into a giant buffet.

Meet the castes—a typical termite colony.

Those “ants” might be termites.

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

  • Winged ants have two pairs of wings with the front pair larger than the hind pair, while both pairs of termite wings are the same shape and size. 
  • Adult ants have elbowed antennae; termites have short, straight, beaded antennae.
  • Adult ants have a distinct constriction between body regions, termites have a gradual constriction. 
  • Don’t be fooled by color or size: ants and termites can vary both in size and color based on species. 
Ants versus termites

Types of termites

Here are some types of termites you might see in your area.

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