North America has 50 or more types of termites. You can be sure of an infestation if you see wood damage, mud tubes, and/or discarded wings or small flying insects, known as termite Swarmers, dead or alive nearby to your windows, doors, or entrance ways.
Termites are miniscule pale soft-bodied bugs that live in huge colonies with countless different roles. Many of its species chomp on wood and can be big nuisance to trees and timber. Based on age and type, a termite can be white, brown, and black. All termites possess straight antennae and are one-eighth of an inch to one-inch long.
The life of workers and soldier termites lasts for one to two years. Queen termites can live for a decade or more in a thriving environment.
Termites don't carry disease and their bites and stings aren't toxic. However, tenants of an infested home may experience allergic reactions or asthma attacks sometimes triggered by termite saliva or droppings.
The top three species are Subterranean Termites, Dry wood Termites, and Dampwood Termites.
Drywood termites inhabit, eat and care for young in undecayed wood that lacks lots of moisture. Contact with the soil is not required to live. They are known to severely damage furniture.
Subterranean termites construct large colonies underground consisting of elaborate tunnels and chambers. Worker termites then make protective tunnels out of mud and saliva in order to reach above-ground wood. When wood is consumed, they fill the channels with soil to preserve the moistness.
Dampwood Termites, aka "rotten wood termites" thrive from high moisture matter and wood decay.