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Types of Termites

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There are about 45 different kinds of species of termites found in the U.S., each of which falls into one of the three main termite types – subterranean, drywood or dampwood.

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Identify Termites

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Properly identifying termites compared to other insects and other termite species is crucial for effective control. Learn how to identify them - see what they look like.

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Termite Damage

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Termites are wood-destroying insects capable of damaging a home's structural timbers, including posts, floor supports, ceiling supports, subfloors and wall studs.

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How Can You Prevent and Control Termite Infestations?

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Termites have lived on Earth for more than 250 million years. While termites can be helpful in breaking down rotting wood in the environment, these wood-destroying insects also can cause extensive damage to homes. Sometimes called “silent destroyers,” termites may leave few signs of activity as they steadily consume wood and sheetrock paper in the walls, ceilings and floors of homes.

Experts estimate that termites damage more than 600,000 homes in the United States annually. In fact, termites cause more damage to U.S. homes each tornadoes, hurricanes, wind and hail storms combined. Unlike weather-related damage, termite damage is not covered by homeowners insurance.

Each year, U.S. residents spend an estimated $5 billion to control termites and repair termite damage. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), control methods and repairs for damage caused by Formosan termites – the most destructive species of subterranean termite – account for more than $1 billion of this total.

How Can You Prevent and Control Termite Infestations?

On Termites.com, you can learn about:

Basic Termite Information
General termite information that can help you learn to recognize visible signs of a termite infestation in or near your home. Get termite facts or read about the termite's lifecycle. Get seasonal or statistical information.

Types of Termites
There are about 45 different kinds of species of termites found in the U.S., each of which falls into one of the three main termite types: subterranean, drywood, and dampwood.

Termite Identification
Properly identifying termites compared to other insects and other termite species is crucial for effective control. View termites images and read about what termites look like.

Termite Treatment
The most effective way to help protect your home is to use prevention and treatment methods guaranteed by a contract with a reputable pest control company.

Termite Control
There is no one-size-fits-all termite control method. The techniques and materials used to control an infestation vary based on the type of termite, home construction and extent of infestation.

Termite Damage
A house with damage from termites often looks the same as any other house on the surface. Termites can build nests hidden inside walls, causing damage for years before it becomes apparent. Learn to identify the signs of damage, view damage pictures, read about protection & prevention, and how it effects buying or building a home.

Regional Termite Information
State by state information as it pertains to termite activity in you area.

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