Subterranean termites are social insects that live in nests or colonies in the soil, hence their name "subterranean." These colonies contain three forms or castes: reproductive, workers and soldiers. Subterranean termites derive their nutrition from wood and other material containing cellulose. Paper, cotton, burlap or other plant products often are actively attacked and consumed by termites. Subterranean termites cannot digest cellulose directly. Subterranean Termites foraging for food above ground protect themselves with shelter tubes, which are sometimes called mud tubes. The tubes may be thinly constructed or large and thick- walled to accommodate many termites moving vertically between the soil and the food source. Dead trees and brush are the original food source of subterranean termites. When land is cleared of this material and houses are built on these sites, termites attack the structures. The presence of swarmer's, wings or damaged wood signals that termites are infesting a structure. The first sign of infestation noticed by homeowners is the presence of swarming reproductive on window sills or near indoor light. Swarmer's inside the house nearly always indicate an active infestation in the structure. The presence of swarmer's outdoors is a natural phenomenon, but should warn that termites are near and possibly attacking a nearby building. Another indication is the presence of wings, discarded by swarmer's as a normal part of their behavior, found near emergence sites, on window sills or in cobwebs.
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