There are as many as 2,000 different types of species of Termites in the world. Termites are social insects that raise their young as a group. Termite colonies eat nonstop and that is why an infestation of Termites can cause hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage. Termites have wings, but once they have found a place to call home, they shed them. Termites are known as silent destroyers because of their ability to chew through wood, wallpaper, etc. without humans noticing. Research has shown that Termites cause up to $5 billion dollars of damage to structures in just one year alone.

Dampwood Termite

Color: Brown
Size:
½”-5/8”
Shape:
Long, narrow oval
Legs:
6
Wings:
Yes
Antennae:
Yes
Region:
Pacific Coastal United States

The Dampwood Termite feeds mostly on moist wood like logs, stumps, dead trees, fence posts, etc. They make their colonies in damp dying wood and while they prefer the damp wood, like their name implies, they really are not a threat to structures. The Dampwood Termite creates chambers in the wood that are connected by tunnels. The walls of the tunnels are smooth like they have been sandpapered. This specie of termite is not known to transmit disease to humans or animals. In the termite world, the Dampwood Termite is considered one of the largest species of termite.

Drywood Termite

Color: Yellowish brown
Size:
3/8”
Shape:
Long, narrow oval
Legs:
6
Wings:
Yes
Antennae:
Yes
Region:
Coastal States like South Carolina all the way through California

The Drywood Termite prefers to munch on dry wood, wallpaper, plastics and fabric made from plants. Because of this, the Drywood Termite is a destructive termite to structures. A Drywood Termite colony contains about 2,500 members and usually swarm on sunny, warm days. These termites can be transported from home to home by furniture, pictures frames, etc.