With rare exception colonies are located in the ground, with foraging done from these colonies into structures or other wood sources. There is a true worker caste, with adult workers, soldiers, and alates in the colony along with a primary queen and often the “king” that helped initiate the colony. It is possible that a colony can have up to two hundred thousand workers or more, and several separate colonies may exist near and be foraging in a single structure.
Control is primarily by soil applications of residual insecticides, either as pretreatments or as treatment post-construction. Termite bait products may prove to be effective in eliminating underground colonies altogether.
The Bank Doesn't Like Them
Log In to PestWeb to View CEU Requirements
Subterranean termites are the focus of this course with emphasis on biology, habits and habitats.