There are several castes of termite in the subterranean termite colony, each with significantly different appearances. The two castes most likely to be seen by a homeowner are the workers that may be found crawling around looking for wood sources, and the swarmers that may be seen flying in large numbers looking for a good place to establish a new colony. The workers are about one eighth of an inch long with a short, larva-like body and six equal length legs. They have short antennae and a head that usually rivals the width of their body. The swarmers have a pair of wings that extend well beyond the back of their bodies, allowing them to fly efficiently for long periods of time. Their bodies are thinner than the workers and their antennae are usually longer. They are often mistaken for flying ants.


Prevention of termite infestation is important, and there are a lot of things that the homeowner can do. Some of these include the following: Keeping all wooden parts of the house foundation at least 6 inches above the soil, keeping mulch levels several inches below the siding and wooden parts of structures, avoiding or minimizing the use of wood mulch next to the foundation, and removing dead trees, stumps, and roots near the structures. Never store firewood, lumber, or paper against the foundation or in the crawl space of your home. Keep the foundation of the home free of moisture by sloping the soil away from the home. These methods are crucial in preventing termite activity around a home or building.


If you have a termite infestation, please don't hesitate to call TDI. Your home can be rescued by quick, professional action. Our specialists can rid your home of termites while also providing protection against future infestations.