There is only one type of termite to be concerned with in Fredericksburg:
- Eastern Subterranean Termite
Termites are among the most productive insects on Earth, colonizing every landmass except Antarctica. Their colonies range in size from a few hundred individuals to several million.
There are over 3,100 species of termites, but only 183 species cause damage. Like ants, termites work in a cast society with kings, queens, workers, and soldiers. Most worker and soldier termites are completely blind. As a result, termites communicate through chemical, mechanical and pheromonal cues. They use their antennae for sensing of touch, taste, odors, heat and vibration.
Consistent with all insects, the anatomy of the termite thorax consists of three segments: the prothorax, the mesothorax and the metathorax. To build their nests, termites primarily use feces. Other building materials include partly digested plant material and soil, used in subterranean nest and mound construction.