Termites are often called white ants, but they are only distantly related to the ants. Termites live in colonies that, at maturity, number from several hundred to several million individuals. The mature termite colony has three castes: a) reproductive (king and queen), b) soldiers, and c) workers.
Termites are fragile insects’ and build elaborate structures and tunnels made using a combination of soil, mud, chewed wood/cellulose, saliva, and feces for protection from predators and other elements. Termites cause hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage to buildings each year in the U.S.
To protect your home and property, a yearly termite inspection by a qualified professional is recommended for proper identification and treatment if needed.
Scott May, Blue Planet Pest Control, Austin, TX.