With the recent change in the weather, termite swarmer season will be upon us soon. I recently visited private homes as well as businesses that are already experiencing a problem with these winged pest’s so I wanted to give the readers a few points on how to ID these insects and what to look for in their homes.
Termites belong to the order Isoptera, and are social insects. Subterranean Termites are soil dwelling insects that feed on materials that contain cellulose, EX: wood, paper, cardboard, etc. They are the only living organism that can digest cellulose. This process is achieved by the use of protozoa and bacteria found within the termite that convert the cellulose into sugars.
The photo above show subterranean termite swarmers and the milky white termites are known as the workers.