Termites, the destructive wood-destroying insects, range from 1/4 to 1/2 an inch in size. Depending on the species, their colors vary from creamy white to dark brown or black. These small yet troublesome insects form large colonies, with populations ranging from 4,000 to 1,000,000 termites.
Drywood termites typically inhabit smaller colonies, consisting of 4,800 termites or fewer. On the other hand, subterranean termites establish much larger colonies. These termites rely on moisture and soil contact for survival.
Unlike their subterranean counterparts, dry wood termites can thrive without moisture or soil contact. When a termite colony grows sufficiently, it produces winged reproductive termites known as swarmers. These swarmers embark on a mission to establish new colonies nearby.