A Complete Guide on How to Deal with Various Termite Species


Termite is dangerous to properties in residential and commercial spaces. There are different species of termites that can impact your space and cause harm to people. This requires implementation of different strategies that effectively deal with these species and makes the place safe and inhabitable. Let us see the different species of termites and ways to deal with them effectively.

Why it is important to control termite infestation?

The entire colony of termites can look very menacing, and inflict grave structural damage in a short time period. Termites are referred as “silent destroyers” as they chew through flooring, wood and even wallpaper. It has been seen that termites cause a loss of nearly $5 billion in property damage every year.

What should you do to perform pest control?

To prevent bed bug infestation, it is important to understand some of the common sources of it. Along with preventing the causes, it is also important to take preventive measures to control termite infestation.

Design buildings to keep them away from the house. Sacramento is the capital city of the U.S. state of California. Termite control Sacramento use efficient termite and pests proof construction methods. They seal holes outside and inside the home to restrict their entry into the house.

Types of termites

Subterranean termites

These types of termites are common in all regions in the world except Alaska. It thrives in moist secluded places above the ground or underground colonies. They build unique “mud tubes” to get access to food and stay away from open air.

Formosan termites

These types of termites are considered to be the most aggressive, devious and voracious of more than two thousand species of termites. They are prearranged into large sized underground colonies. Formosan termites develop elaborate mud nests in the walls.

Formosan termites are majorly found in North Carolina, Hawaii, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, and California.

Dampwood termites

This type of termites infests in wood that has a large content of moisture in it. Dampwood termites are large in size as compared to other termite species. The common places to find dampwood termites are the desert areas, semi-arid southern and southwest Florida, and the Pacific coastal and adjacent regions.  

Drywood termites

These termites have a tendency to infest in dry wood. Unlike the Formosan and subterranean termites, this type of termite doesn’t need to be in contact with the soil. It establishes nests in wooden wall support structure and roof materials that are present around homes.

Some of the places where you can find infestation of drywood termites are the southern tier states, which range from the Gulf Coast to North Carolina and the coastal regions of California.

Conehead termites

Conehead termites got first introduced in the year 2001 in the U.S. They were originally referred as tree termites. They are renamed as conehead termites to lessen the misapprehension that it is only present in trees.

Unlike most of the other species of termites, this type of termite does not depend on underground tunneling in order to travel. They feed on the floor like ants that enable them to spread fast.


Different species of termites requires specialized control procedures to inhibit their infestation. Learning about them helps in designing effective strategies to control them.  

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