There are more than 2,000 species of termites in the world, but only about 50 of them are found in the United States. Of these, about 20 species fall into the category of structural pest. This means these types of termites are known to invade – and eat – wooden structures.

Alaska is the only U.S. state where termites are not found. Where are termites most common in the U.S.? It depends on the climate. They thrive in warmer climates, so their activity is greatest in the South, Southeast, West and Southwest. The three most important types of termites in the U.S. – in terms of activity and damage – are drywood, dampwood and subterranean termites. Here are some key facts on these top three threats to your home:

If you live where termites are most common and suspect these pests may be in your home, call Terminix® for a free termite inspection.