Regardless of the species, termites are social insects. That is, termites live in colonies with a rigid social structure. Depending on the type of termite, or caste, within a colony, there are specific duties such as building or maintaining the nest.

Most indigenous termites in North America are subterranean termites so there is no recognized nest. Other types of termites, though, can be arboreal with a clearly distinguished nest found in trees.

Termite nesting depends on the type of termite and biology and habits of that particular type of termite.


Termite mounds are primarily associated with species found in tropical and some subtropical regions. There are no mound building termites found in North America. While the Formosan termite can infest…