Subterranean termites are social insects that live in colonies which may contain hundreds of thousands of individuals. Termite colony members are dispersed throughout the soil and can extend underground tunnels tens to hundreds of feet to reach feeding sites. It is important for homeowners to recognize the signs of a subterranean termite infestation. Subterranean termites may be detected by the sudden emergence of winged termites {swarmers}, or by the presence of mud tubes and wood damage. Winged termites are attracted to light, and shed their wings in window sills, cobwebs, or on other surfaces. Often these wings may be the only evidence that a swarm occurred indoors. The presence of winged termites or their shed wings inside a home should be a warning of a termite infestation. Large numbers of winged termites swarming from wood or the soil often are the first obvious sign of a nearby termite colony. Swarming occurs in mature colonies that typically contain at least several thousand termites. A "swarm" is a group of adult male and female reproductive's that leave their colony in an attempt to pair and initiate new colonies.
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