1. TUNNELS: Coneheads build extensive networks of narrow (usually half-inch wide or less) brown “tunnels” or termite highways on the sides of trees, houses, walls or almost any surface. Around homes, the galleries often track along lines such as mortar joints between layers of brick, or the junction between a house wall and the roof eaves.
2. CONEHEADS: The soldier form of this termite has a very distinctive, dark “conehead” or teardrop-shaped head. If you break open an active tunnel, termites each about the size of a grain of rice dash out, including the odd-looking conehead soldiers which comprise up to 20-30% of the individuals in a colony. No worries – these termites will not bite or sting.
3. NEST: This invasive termite builds conspicuous dark brown nests, usually in the shape of a large ball or watermelon with a crisp, bumpy surface. Nests may be on, in, or by a tree, shrub, or structure, or sometimes sitting on open ground. Young colonies remain hidden for several years while they build population size before their “big reveal” when they construct a visible nest. The initial phase of construction creates a nest about the size of a tennis or softball, but healthy colonies rapidly expand their home such that a nest the size of a basketball or even larger may grow within a few months, and produce swarmers (alates) within a year.
If you’re concerned about termites around your home or place of business, give Dave’s Pest Control a call at 1-800-400-6009.