There are over 40 different termite species and there are three main types of termites found in the United States.
Each termite species has unique behaviors that impact what part of the country they live in, where they build their colonies and the damage they cause to buildings, utility poles, fences, boats, and many other objects. Every termite species in the U.S. falls into one of the three main types–dampwood, drywood, or subterranean.
Dampwood termites live in wood with high moisture content. Most dampwood termites do not require contact with the soil.