Before termite pest control started, termites began as a descendant of the extremely versatile cockroaches of old; it’s no wonder that these critters are so resilient today. A testament to their longevity and resilience is that they have been around for millions of years, which meant that they were around during the time of dinosaurs. Today, they are present and thriving on every continent on Earth except for Antarctica; it is not rare to see a place wherein termites are present. In biological terms, termites belong to the phylum Arthropoda, class Insecta, and order Isoptera. Three of the most common termites that invade houses and other structures are the Pacific dampwood termites, the Southeastern drywood termites, and the Eastern subterranean termites. They are able to do so by living as coordinated social colonies in any relatively warm or moist space – preferably on the ground or in a wooden object. They live in numbers that can range from hundreds up to the thousands, and they enact their own sense of order by implementing a sort of a caste system amongst its population. The third tier is comprised of the working class – they are in charge of providing for the colony’s basic needs. Foraging, food, and shelter are among their top priorities. This is the most common type of termite that people usually see since they tend to venture far away from their colony. The second tier is made up of the soldier class whose main duty is to defend the colony. They are anatomically different from their peers in the sense that they have evolved dangerous jaws for this function – a side effect of that is that they are unable to feed themselves. The working class is in charge of their nutrition. The third and last tier is comprised of the colony’s breeders – a fertile couple, often called the king and the queen. They remain mates for a long time, and depending on when they initiate, a certain type of termite will be born.