The most common form in most of the United States is the native subterranean termite. Other less common types include the smaller Drywood termite and the invasive Formosan termite.
How do I Know if I Have Termites?
The first step in prevention is to be on the alert for termites. Termites rarely emerge from soil, mud tubes, or food sources through which they are tunneling. Most people are not aware they have these pests until they see a swarm or come across damage during construction. Some of the ways to discover if you have them are listed below:
- Examine, by probing, exposed wood for hollow spots (using a flathead screwdriver or similar tool).
- Identify termite swarms (sometimes ant swarms are mistaken as termites).
- front wings longer than the hind wings
- antennae bent at ninety degree angle
- wings are roughly equal in length
- antennae are straight; may droop
The most common form of termite in most of the United States is the native subterranean termite. Other, less common, types of termites include the smaller drywood termite and the invasive Formosan termite.