Termite

Subterranean Termite Swarmers

Appearance

Elongated bodies with four wings of equal size that are longer than the body length

Color

Yellowish-brown to black

Size

1/4 - 3/8 inches long

Habitat

In extensive colonies among wood structures

Interesting Facts

Termite swarmers only keep their wings for a short period of time, after which they are discarded and often heap into piles

About the Termite Swarmer

Winged termites are often confused with winged ants, but noticing and identifying winged termites is a bad sign. Because they prefer to remain hidden, termites with wings are a strong indicator of an infestation.

Males and females mate underground, and their lifespan can extend past 20 years in ideal environments. A female termite can lay upward of 100 million eggs during her life. Feeding on wood, the level of destruction they can create is immense.

Termite Swarmer Control

Termites are one of the most underestimated pests. Rarely seen, they can be left undisturbed for years and years, allowing them to severally damage and degrade your property.

Subterranean Termite Workers

Appearance

Small, wingless bugs with antennae and an elongated shape

Color

Creams and whites; almost appearing translucent

Size

1/4 - 3/8 inches long

Habitat

Underground in colonies

Interesting Facts

Termite workers comprise the largest group within a single colony, which also includes a queen, termite swarmers and soldiers

About the Subterranean Termite Worker

Termite workers feed on organic materials, such as plant bits and wood. They are one of the leading causes of structural damage to wooden structures in the Southeast.

They have many roles within the colony, such as grooming and protecting the queen; removing skin castes and refuse; gathering food; and building the tunnels that create the nest. Unlike soldier termites that have more noticeable mouthparts and a redder color, these almost-clear pests do very little fighting, if any, within the colony.

Subterranean Termite Worker Control

As pests, termites cause the most damage when they infest foundations, columns, siding and other wooden structures around manmade structures. Because they go unseen for many years and they have a relatively long life span, they can create quite a bit of damage before pest control methods are taken.