Formasan Subterannean Termite

(Length: About 1/2 inch)
Like subterranean termites, Formosan termites feed on cellulose material (i.e. wood), but they are more aggressive and attack wood at a much faster rate. They nest in the ground but can also live in aerial "carton" nests they make from chewed wood, soil, saliva and fecal matter. A Formosan termite colony is significantly larger than that of the subterranean termite, and can cause significantly more damage in a shorter period of time.


Subterranean Termite

(Length: 1/8" – 3/8")
These are social insects living in colonies in the soil. The colony is made up of workers, soldiers and reproductives. Subterranean Termite colonies feed on wood or other cellulose material such as paper, cardboard and fiberboard. They do excessive damage in the U.S. every year. Workers are blind and cream colored, entering homes while foraging for food, through cracks as small as 1/64". The workers return to feed the other members of the colony on a regular basis. Winged reproductives (swarmers) are dark, and many lose their wings shortly after their swarming flight.nd firewood, and in cavities and crevices in trees and shrubs.