Types of Termites

In Texas, there are three common types of termites that you may find in your home or on your property:


  • Drywood Termites

  • Subterranean Termites

  • Formosan Termites


To help you detect a potential infestation, let's take a moment to explore these types in greater detail. That way, you'll be better equipped to spot live termites and take action to remove them.


Drywood Termites


There are three types of drywood termite in Texas. However, their habitat and behavior are relatively consistent, regardless of subspecies. For example, drywood termites consume and live inside of wooden structures.


They don't care what kind of wood is available to them, so long as they can break it down and form termite nests inside it. As such, they're one of the most troublesome types of termites.


Wood termites can be challenging to identify, as they often hide deep within your home's wooden components. But checking out some termite pictures could help you confirm the type of termite you're dealing with.


Subterranean Termites


With small, yellowish bodies, subterranean termites don't look like a major threat. But if you find one of their mud tubes wrapping around your home or up a wall, you'll want to call for immediate pest control services.


That's because subterranean termites can be incredibly slow-working and sneaky. In most cases, homeowners aren't even aware that the termites have taken over until years after they've started eating your home.


Formosan Termites


Formosan termites are notable for having large orange heads and yellow-orange bodies. They're also comparatively large.

A worker drywood termite might top out at 3mm in length. But a worker Formosan termite can grow up to 15mm long. That's five times larger!


Still, like drywood termites, Formosan termites can digest nearly any type of wood. This trait makes them a significant danger to any home with wooden framing or supports.


Additionally, this type of termite can infest your home from the ground up. Like other subterranean termites, Formosan termites can build mud tubes to connect their outdoor colony to your indoor wooden objects and structures.


If you're unsure what kind of house termites you're dealing with, you may want to reference termites images or termite pictures. You could also look for some of the signs and symptoms of a termite infestation.

Types of Termites