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Termites

Cookeville: 931-372-7676  Crossville: 931-484-0085  Sparta: 931-836-1131

 


 

Termites
* Termites have been around since the time of the dinosaurs!
* Termite colonies eat non-stop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week!
* Termites have wings that they shed once they have found a good place to build a nest.
* Termites cause up to $2 billion in damage per year!
* All Termites are social insects and raise their young as a group.
* The total weight of all of the termites in the world is more than the weight of all the    humans in the world.


Formosan Termites
Formosan termite colonies can be up to 300 feet long and there can be tens of thousands of termites in a single colony. Formosan termite colonies are divided into three groups: workers, soldiers and reproductives. They are the largest and most destructive kind of termite.


Size: 1/2"
Shape: Long, narrow, oval
Color: Yellowish brown
Legs: 6
Wings: Yes
Antenna: Yes
Common Name: Formosan Termite
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Isoptera
Family: Rhinotermitidae
Species: Varies



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


Size: 1/8" to 1"
Shape: Long, narrow, oval
Color: Creamy brown
Legs: 6
Wings: Yes
Antenna: Yes
Common Name: Subterranean Termite
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Isoptera
Family: Rhinotermitidae
Species: Varies


Subterranean Termite Diet
Termites eat wood, wallpaper, plastics and fabric made from plants.


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


Subterranean Termite 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.


Termite Prevention
* Do not let water pool around your homes foundation. Termites like that!
* Never leave wood scraps in the yard for them to snack on.