The difference between Formosan termites and subterranean termites
If you’ve read the rest of this section already, you may be wondering what the difference is between a “Formosan” subterranean termite and the subterranean termites we’re talking about here. There are a number of differences that would matter greatly to you if you’re an entomologist, but if you are, than you already know the answer. For the rest of us, the simple answer is that Formosan termites have appeared to be more aggressive; although this may be just because they are in a new land—they were imported from China after World War Two (accidentally, of course)—and are driven by a biological instinct to dominate.
Identifying subterranean termites
Subterranean termites are generally smaller than both Formosan Termites and drywood termites, although this is not true all of the time, and should not be relied upon for identification purposes. Subterranean termites are a lighter shade than Formosan Termites, often having more coloration on their thorax than on their heads; the opposite is true with Formosan Termites.
Finding subterranean termites
Tracking subterranean termites is no different than tracking any other termite with the exception of drywood termites. For more thorough instructions on where and how to look for termites, visit our section on termite control
If you think you have subterranean termites…
If after reading this description you think you may have subterranean termites, either follow through to the termite control section, or go to the find an exterminator page for a termite control technician nearby.
Identifying Dampwood Termites
You shouldn’t have any problem identifying dampwood termites. Their bodies are fully brown, almost a deep bark color, and can easily be confused as beetles; if it wasn’t for the segmented thorax, it would actually be very hard to tell the difference between a dampwood termite and a beetle.
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