The species found in this area is the Eastern Subterranean termite. The worker can grow to a length of 1/8” to 3/16” and are typically a milky white to very light brown in color. There are several types of termites, which may be found in and around homes. Two of these are the worker and the swarmers. The major difference in these termites is that these termites have wings that are transparent.
These wings lay over themselves and are roughly twice the length of the body. Termite swarmers can often be confused with ant swarmers. The main difference is the termite has straight antennas and the ant has elbowed antennae. Termites have two pairs of wings in equal length and the ant’s second pair of wings is smaller.
⦁ In Missouri, there can be as many as 20 termite colonies in one acre of ground and up to 1 million members per colony. When you eventually notice termite activity, serious damage may have already occurred.
⦁ In fact, the average repair cost, once termites have been discovered, is between $3,000 and $11,000.
⦁ The most common termite species in Central Missouri can consume the equivalent of approximately 5-15 feet of a 2×4 per year!
⦁ Termites infest over 5 million homes in the United States every year and cause over $5 billion in property damage annually.
⦁ Termites cause more damage annually than all natural disasters such as fires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, and storms – damage that is rarely covered by insurance.