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The two most common types of termites are "drywood" and "ground," or subterranean termites. Subterranean termites cause about 95% of the termite-related damage found in the United States. Subterranean termites are by far the most destructive species. They can collapse a building entirely, causing financial ruin for the owner. Be sure to give us a call if you believe you have a termite problem within your home or business.

Appearance 

While all termites have long narrow bodies, they vary greatly in appearance depending on the termite’s role in the colony. Subterranean termite workers are pale cream-colored and 1/8-inch long; soldiers have elongated heads with pincer-like mandibles; and primary reproductives (commonly called “swarmers” and the termites most often seen in the open) are dark brown or black and 1 inch long, with large whitish wings.
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Habitat

Subterranean termites live underground and build protective mud tunnels above ground to search for food. They will die if exposed to open air for prolonged periods. Attracted to moisture (downspouts, leaky hoses, etc.), they will enter a building anywhere there is direct soil to structure contact. Subterranean termites swarm in the spring, when groups of reproductive termites go off to start new colonies.

Diet 

Like other termite species, they feed on products containing cellulose. Unlike other wood-destroying insects, termites actually eat the wood.