Subterranean Termite

Color: Workers are pale, cream colored; Soldiers are light colored with brown head and the Supplementary Reproductive are light colored.

Length: 1/8″ – 3/8″

These are social insects living in colonies in the soil. The colony is made up of workers, soldiers and reproductive. Subterranean Termite colonies feed on wood (where humidity is high) or other cellulose material such as paper, cardboard and fiberboard. They do excessive damage in the U.S. every year. Workers are blind and cream colored, entering homes while foraging for food, through cracks as small as 1/64″. The workers return to feed the other members of the colony on a regular basis. Winged reproductives (swarmers) are dark, and many lose their wings shortly after their swarming flight. Founding queen may live more than 3 years.

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