Termites eating wood


Subterranean termites are communal insects that live in colonies that could possibly contain hundreds of thousands of individuals. Termite colony members are spread widely throughout the soil and can extend underground tunnels tens to hundreds of feet to reach feeding sites. It is important for homeowners to recognize the signs of a subterranean termite infestation. Subterranean termites may be detected by the sudden emergence of winged termites, or by the presence of mud tubes and wood damage.

Large numbers of winged termites swarming from wood or the soil often are the first sign of a nearby termite colony. Swarming occurs in mature colonies that typically contain at least several thousand termites. A 'swarm' is a group of adult male and female termites that leave their colony in an attempt to pair and initiate new colonies.