Termite Identification - What Species of Termite is it?
Before you decide on a treatment plan for termites, it is very important to determine the species you are dealing with. In the southern part of the United States, subterranean termites are the most common. Subterranean termites are the underground termite and travel in mud shelter tubes. They make up about 90% of the termite infestations in the United States. Subterranean termite species that are the most common are the Eastern subterranean termite, Arid Land subterranean termite and the western subterranean termite. Formosan termites are also a species of subterranean termite that are common in areas of Louisiana, Texas and Florida. If you live more than 500 miles from the gulf coast, it is likely that your termites are subterranean.
Drywood termites live in dry wood and do not need moisture from the ground to Survive. Drywood termites are most common in areas near the Gulf Coast and in Southern California. Drywood termites require a different treatment than subterranean termites, so it is important if you live in these areas to determine what species you have. You could have both subterranean termites and drywood termites at the same time, and they would require 2 different treatments to control them. Click here for more info on Drywood termites.