Types of termites:

Look who’s coming to dinner.

Termites are social insects that live in colonies where populations can reach millions. A termite colony is like a vast, dynamic city, focused on growth and expansion. Each colony consists of several structurally differentiated termite forms living together as castes, all working together to support their colony and can turn your home into a giant buffet.

Meet the castes—a typical termite colony.

Those “ants” might be termites.

  • Winged ants have two pairs of wings with the front pair larger than the hind pair, while both pairs of termite wings are the same shape and size. 
  • Adult ants have elbowed antennae; termites have short, straight, beaded antennae.
  • Adult ants have a distinct narrow waist between the thorax and the abdomen, while termites have a broad waist.
  • Don’t be fooled by color or size: ants and termites can vary both in size and color based on species. 
Ants versus Termites

Types of termites

Here are some types of termites you might see in your area.

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