Eastern Subterranean Termite
Latin Name: Reticulitermes flavipes
Eastern Subterranean Termites are the most common termite in the United States and is native to the Southeastern portion of the country. Eastern Subterranean termites will originate from the ground, and like all termites the Eastern Sub feeds on cellulose, an organic compound found in wood. This fact is particularly interesting to the building industry and homeowners. Within a typical home there are many places to find cellulose for termites to feed upon. The first being the studs that the walls are built with and help hold the structure in place. Second being the paper on either side of sheet rock. This is the most common place that termites are found since it is easier for a termite to make a mistake and forage too far out into the living area of the home. Third and least likely is wallpaper. These pests are professionals at hiding and can cause a lot of damage in the process. Consult with a professional exterminator if you suspect easter subterranean termites.