Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Five Senses of Termites

Subterranean

They may look disorganized, but subterranean termites have traits that help them stay on their destructive foraging, feeding, and reproduction paths.

The well-organized underground colony system can be home to several hundred to millions of subterranean termite members. To find cellulose food sources and grow the colony, termites use social cooperation to survive and thrive. But do they use the five senses—sight, hearing, taste, touch and feel—the way other animals do? We asked Dr. Neil Spomer, a Global Urban Pest Management Lab Leader and Field Scientist for Dow AgroSciences, to shed some light on exactly how subterranean termites use their own peculiar anatomy to find other termites and the decaying wood in your backyard. Continue reading