Subterranean termites live in underground colonies or in moist secluded areas
aboveground that can contain up to 2 million members. They build distinctive
"mud tubes" to gain access to food sources and to protect themselves from open
air. Termite colonies are organized into castes depending on tasks -- workers,
soldiers and reproductives. The characteristics of a subterranean termite are
dependent on the termite's role in the colony. Cream-colored Worker subterranean
termites are 1/8 to 3/8's of an inch in length. Soldier subterranean termites are
of a similar body length, but are distinguished by their powerful mandibles. Solider
termites have cream-colored bodies and brown heads. Reproductive subterranean
termites are approximately one inch long.
These social insects infest dry wood and do not require contact with the soil.
Originally from China, Formosan termites are the most voracious, aggressive and
devious of over 2,000 termite species known to science. Formosan termites are a
subterranean species of termite. Swarmer formosan termite are about 1/2 inch
in overall length, including their wings.
How do you tell if it's a termite or an ant.
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