Termites are one of the topmost feared pests for homeowners to find in their homes. Luckily, they are not that common here in Wisconsin since most termite species prefer warmer climates. The most common species of termite which is actually the only native termite to Wisconsin is the subterranean termite. Drywood termites have also been found in the state on occasion. While both of these termite species are found in Wisconsin, carpenter ants are more likely to be the cause of wood damage to homes instead of termites.
Like ants, termites live in colonies ranging from just a few hundred to millions. Colonies also have a queen that lays all the eggs for the colony. Termites are roughly ⅛ inch to an inch in length with a milky white to yellowish-tan coloration. Both termite species in Wisconsin are considered lower termites which means they feed on cellulose from plant material.