Termite species

Termites are considered to be the most destructive insect pests in the world. Many buildings and structures are damaged by these pests each year resulting in huge financial losses.

There are 220 different species of termites in India that cause problems to properties:

  • Coptotermes gestroi
  • Coptotermes heimi
  • Heterotermes indicola
  • Schedorhinotermes spp.
  • Ondototermes spp.
  • Psammotermes rajathanicus
  • Macrotermes gilvus
  • Microcerotermes spp.
  • Nasutitermes sp.

Termite society

The basic castes in a colony are queens, kings, workers, soldiers and alates.

Termite queen & king

Giving life to the colony

The function of the Queen and King in the termite colony is to reproduce. Starting out life as an Alate, they leave their parents' colony, drop to the ground and shed their wings to seek out an environment to nest. They care for their young until they are able to take over the duties of the colony.

Termite workers

The 'doers'

The workers make up the largest number within a colony. They do all of the work (except defend and reproduce): feeding, grooming, excavating the nest and making tunnels. In doing their jobs, they cause the destruction that effects so many homes.

Termite soldiers

The colony's defence

Soldiers defend the colony against attack by predatory enemies such as ants, and are equipped with large jaws, sticky fluids or chemical spray to do so.

Alates

The future Queens & Kings

Alates are the winged reproductives that swarm out from the nest and establish new colonies. Male and females pair off and look for a suitable environment to mate. They are often confused with ant swarmers.