Termites - Subterranean

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Types of Pests
Termites - Subterranean

Subterranean Termites



  • Termites size range from 4mm to 15mm.
  • Most termite species are blind.

Life Cycle

  • Termites, unlike most insects go through a developmental process known as incomplete metamorphosis.
  • A mature queen can product up to 40,000 eggs a day.
  • Termite queens have one of the longest lifespans among any insects, living for about 30-50 years.


  • Termites have a defined caste system, with the workers performing most of the foraging for food and feeding the rest of the nest.
  • Soldiers have a much larger head with enlarged mandibles to defend the nest, therefore they are unable to feed themselves which is why they have to be fed by the workers.
  • The king and queen of the colony are responsible for the reproduction and the growth of the colony.
  • Termites feed on cellulose from mainly wood products. They are often found in homes eating into wooden fixtures like cupboards, staircases.
  • Signs of an infestation can be identified by mud trails on the walls.