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Wild for Wood: Two Common Types of Termites
Causing an estimated $1 billion in damages every year, more than 53 distinct species of termite have been found in the United States. Here’s some details on two of the most common culprits.
Subterranean Termites: Found throughout the US, these termites are the most notorious gluttons of wood. Like most termites, they use scissor-like jaws to constantly feed on cellulose. They live in underground colonies or moist, secluded areas above ground, from which they build tunnels called “mud tubes” to reach food sources and protect them from open air. This ability to live in any region, coupled with their voracious appetite, make them the most destructive termite species. Home infestations begin when warm temperatures and heavy rainfall trigger an existing colony to send out swarms of winged males and females.
Formosan Termites: This is a particularly aggressive species of subterranean termite found mostly in southern states. They enter foundations through the ground, but they can form a carton to maintain moisture in their nest. This means that, unlike other subterranean species, they don’t have to return to the soil, so they can spend all of their time eating in the basement, just like Cousin Phil.