Termites

Subterranean termite

Subterranean termite colonies can have up to 2 million members! Their colonies are divided into three groups: workers, soldiers and reproductives.

Size

5mm-20mm Shape: Long, narrow, oval

Color

Creamy brown

Legs

6

Wings

Yes

Antenna

Yes

Common Name

Subterranean termite, Harvester Termite

Diet

Termites eat wood, wallpaper, plastics and fabric made from plants

Habitat

Subterranean termites need contact with the soil to survive. They live in underground colonies or in wet areas aboveground. They build tunnels to reach food and every spring, groups of reproductive termites fly off to start new colonies.

Impact

Subterranean termites are the most destructive kind of termite. They can eat a lot of wood and they can cause a lot of expensive damage to a house! They can destroy building foundations, wooden support beams, plastic plumbing pipes, sub-flooring, insulation … even swimming pool liners and filtration systems! Termites can also injure or destroy living trees and shrubs.

Prevention

  • Make sure water drains away from your house.
  • Don’t let water build up around your home's foundation. Termites like that!
  • Replace any damp or damaged wood on the outside of your home.
  • Never leave wood scraps in the yard for them to snack on.

Termite Signs

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