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Asian Subterranean Termite (Coptotermes Gestroi)

The Asian Subterranean termite is the second most destructive subterranean termite in the world.

Where do they live?

Asian subterranean termites live in underground tunnels that allow them to travel and also provides them with protection. They build large mud carton nests in the walls of structures. The Asian Subterranean termites love moisture and like to live in cool, dark, and moist places. They feed on cellulose found in wood, paper products, clothes and trees.

How do they live?

Most colonies have one king and one queen. A queen can live for about 20 years. A colony can have from about 60,000 to 1 million termites in it. Only the king and queen have eyes. The rest of the termites are blind and navigate using scent and moisture trails.

The soldiers defend the nest from invaders, usually ants and termites from other colonies. The soldiers warn off nest-mates by banging their heads against the walls. You may hear the rattling sound during a quiet night if your house is infested with this species.

How do they affect us?

These termites are extremely destructive.  They target wood structures in buildings and wood products like fences. These termites cause billions of dollars in damage.

How do we control them?

Water puddles should be drained away from homes and drainage and piping systems need to be cleaned and maintained.  Also ensure that any timber used has been treated with an appropriate chemical.