Subterranean Termite Control in Central California
- Dirt or mud-like tubes or trails on the structure
- Tunneling in the wood
- Damaged wood members such as windowsills
- Swarming winged insects within or around the structure (sometimes they are confused with winged ants)
The Subterranean Termite Colony
King and Queen
At least one king and queen are at the center of every termite colony. The queen's sole purpose is to reproduce. Some live for as long as 30 years.
Queens can lay thousands of eggs every year. Eggs hatch into nymphs.
While in the nymph state, termites diverge into different castes: workers, soldiers, reproductives and supplementary reproductives.
Workers are blind, wingless termites that maintain the colony, build and repair the nest and tubes, forage for food, and care for the other termites. They are the most numerous caste and the most likely to be found in infested wood.
Soldiers are sterile, wingless and blind. Their sole function is to defend the colony.
These will eventually leave the colony as adult swarmers. After swarming, they shed their wings and pair up. Each male-female pair attempts to start a new colony.
These termites help increase the population of established colonies and can serve as replacements for the king or queen if they should die.