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 While primarily cellulose feeding, termites are divided into castes, the most numerous caste are relatively undifferentiated and perform much of the colony work, there is a specialized soldier caste with protruding head and jaw structures differentiated with stronger features and often mouth parts more suited to defence than feeding. The reproductive caste, known as alates (winged ones) are produced when nymphs mature to develop wings and a generally darker coloring. Metamorphosis is gradual (no pupal stage). Head rounded, eyes generally absent except in the reproductive caste, antennae beaded, wings absent except in reproductive caste. Chewing mouth parts. Termites are weak fliers, flights occur only under favorable conditions: nearly still air, high humidity and with falling barometric pressure indicating a likelihood of following rain. Unlike ants, they do NOT have a pinched waist.

    Termites also behave in ways that makes them easy to identify. For a start, nearly every type live completely in the dark (except when building or when the winged ones are flying), so you usually only see them when something is broken or open. They can also be identified by their frass or droppings.

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Inspect Los Angeles Termites Before They Swarm

Termites are located in most areas where people are located. From the remote northern  forests of Canada to the African Sahara, termites are a part of our global community. Most people recognize ants and many other insects, but few are sure they know what a termite looks like. Termites are not ants and certainly not white worms or white ants. Like ants, the termite lives in a colony. It is a social insect that is dependent on other colony members for survival. Termites belong to their own insect order (the Isoptera) and have several clear and obvious differences which make it fairly simple to tell them from apart from ants and when you look closely, you can even tell the different termite types from each other.

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