Q: Where do termites come from?

Subterranean termites come from colonies three to 12 feet deep beneath the ground. The colony is comprised of a king and queen, workers, soldiers, reproductive, and nymphs. The queen can live for 20 to 30 years and can lay an egg every 15 seconds! A well-established colony can have over 1,000,000 members. The majority of the members are workers. Workers live between four and five years and without rest or hibernation forage 24 hours a day for food for their colony. Termite food is anything that is cellulose: dead trees, roots, fallen tree limbs, woodpile, mulch, form boards, buried wood scraps, all lumber, drywall paper, cardboard boxes, etc. Worker termites forage their environment (300–400 foot radius around the colony) for cellulose material, consume it, then return and regurgitate it to the colony.