In the US, termites strike five times as many homes as fire, and do more economic damage annually than all tornados, hurricanes, and windstorms, combined . Because home insurers do not cover termite damage, homeowners spend an estimated $5 billion each year, out of their pockets, to repair these problems. When left untreated, termites have the longest life span of any household pest, with individuals living up to 15 years under favorable conditions, and entire colonies living in homes for even longer. In this time, they may feed on the wood of home structures until little is left but non-supportive remnants, leaving a house that may be physically weakened and exorbitantly costly to repair.

Drywood Swarmer

Appearance: Red Body / Black Wings
Habits: Create colonies in wood, with no connection to the ground necessary often found in attic wood: Needs very little moisture.
Diet: Woods and occasionally other cellulose material
Reproduction: Nymphs pass through seven instars before reaching adulthood: sexual forms eventually swarm to form new colony.

Subterranean Swarmer

Appearance: Black body white / White wings.
Habits: Live in colonies underground, from which they build tunnels in search of food: able to reach food above ground levels by building mud tubes: dependent on moisture for survival.
Diet: Wood and other cellulose material.
Reproduction: Different rates of growth from egg stage to adult depending on individual species: one queen per colony which can lay tens of thousands of eggs in its lifetime.

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