Pest Guides

Subterranean Termites ("White Ants")

Coptotermes spp. Queen

Appearance

Subterranean Termites
  • Subterranean termites are 5-10mm in length.
  • They have broad bodies with a brown head.

Lifecycle

  • Queens can lay several thousands of eggs in one day.
  • The king remains only slightly bigger than an average Subterranean termite and continues to mate with the queen for life.
  • Males in ant colonies die immediately after mating, however termite male alates in Subterranean termite colonies become kings and live with the queen.

Habits

  • Termite nests are built in the soil and these termites are very dependent on soil for moisture.
  • In their search for food, Subterranean termites construct mud tubes because they are susceptible to dehydration when exposed to air.
  • Subterranean termites usually work their way above ground to reach wood or any other cellulose source. The cellulose is then broken down into simple starch with the help of protozoans in the termites’ gut.

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