Termites are deceptive. These insects can remain silently nourished in someone's home for years before their threatening appetites become apparent.
Dampwood termites enjoy damp and decaying wood with easy access. These termites are usually found off the Pacific coast or in Southern Florida. The swarmer's also known as the winged termites can be 1” long including their wings. The soldiers can be as large as ¾”. These termites have a large head with mandibles (pinchers) on the front. There are no Dampwood termite workers. The immature termites do the work in the colony. The immature termites can be as much as ¾” long.
These Drywood termites are the opposite of Dampwood termites in the sense that they prefer dry wood as the basis of their colony and food supply. They are usually found in the attic of someone's home. These termites are larger than Subterranean termites reaching up to one-half inch in length. There is also a lack of a social class in the Drywood colonies.
The Formosan termite is a type of Subterranean termite that was introduced to the United States long ago. This species is known for being the most destructive species of termite in the United States able to take down house boats and live trees.Formosan termites swarm in huge numbers in late spring or summer; usually following a warm rainy day. The swarmer's are about 1/25'', including wings. Their body color is pale yellowish brown.
This termite has four class levels: the workers are approximately 1/4-inch long, light-colored and wingless; the soldiers have elongated heads with mandibles; the supplementary reproductives are light-colored and wingless or have very short, nonfunctional wings. These termites require warm temperatures and moisture to sustain their diet of wood and other cellulose material.