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How big are termites?

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Termites vary in size based the precise type, ranging in length from ¼ inch to 1 inch. Because they are typically silent and can infest a home for a period of time with no noticeable signs of damage, termites are a serious problem.

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Termites are detritivores, meaning they eat dead plants and trees, including wood products and wood in the soil. They range in color from golden to gray and black. Termites are wingless during early life and become winged once they are mature. Once a colony is mature, flying and swarming termites can be seen around windows and doors.

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