Subterranean termites live in the soil. Up to two million termites inhabit a colony. These colonies consist of a network of tunnels and chambers built around a King and Queen whose sole job is to reproduce. The rest of the colony is comprised of termites who all play specific roles in keeping the colony healthy. Among these termites are the workers. Worker termites keep busy 24 hours a day to digest wood fibers and other forms of cellulose which they eat, digest and share with the other members of the colony.
Homeowners rarely see the worker termites because they stay deep within the structure hollowing it out from the inside. In the spring or fall, winged reproductives may be noticed swarming around the structure. This form of termite can be easily confused with a winged ant. Winged termites have straight antennae and no “waistline”. Ants have elbowed antennae and three distinct body segments. Termites break off their wings; ants don’t.