Identifying termites can be very important because it will help you understand which termites your home has. Different species have to be fought in different ways and can be more or less dangerous.
Drywood termites are easier to remove than tunnel species, so identification of termites is very important as the first step in termite removal. You can find out more details about dry wood termite treatment via https://www.crownandshieldpestsolutions.com/termites.
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Subterranean termites are most commonly found in the southern United States. These subterranean termites travel in mud tubes and makeup about nine-tenths of all termites in the United States.
However, dry wood termites can still be found if you live near the coast of the Persian Gulf or in Southern California. These creatures do not need as much moisture to survive as underground species and can live in much drier conditions. It is possible to have both at the same time, requiring two separate treatments for control!
Another, entirely different type of insect that can be mistaken for poor termite identification is the carpenter ant. This insect-like species also attack wood and causes great damage. Remove the magnifying glass to understand the difference.
Subterranean termites will turn black. Termites that come out of dry wood are solid red. Carpenter ants are red and black and can be dark brown. They also vary in shape: ants have thin necks and waists, and termites have long bodies that don't shrink much.
Look for pictures to understand the differences and choose the right treatment. Fire ants can also be mistaken for termites when identifying termites.