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Conehead Termite Facts & Information

Protect your home or business from conehead termites by learning techniques for identification and control.

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Nasutitermes corniger
Nose Termite
Dark, cone-shaped head
3-4 mm
Identifiable by tunnels

Conehead Termite Treatment

How do I get rid of conehead termites?

Orkin Conehead Termite Pest Control

Conehead termite prevention begins with a thorough inspection conducted by your pest management professional. Based on the inspection findings, the strategy may simply be to remove all visible nests and to thoroughly treat trees, stumps, structures, foraging tunnels and any other congregation of conehead termites that are found.

What Does Termite Inspection Include?

Your inspection will also include proactive methods that will help prevent not only conehead termites, but other termite species, as well. Such methods include:

  • Keeping shrubs and trees trimmed at least 3-5 feet away from your home

  • Not using mulch around the foundation

  • Keeping firewood, scrap lumber, cardboard or any other cellulose-based materials as far from your home as possible.

  • Ensuring that gutters and downspouts direct water well away from the home.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Behavior, Diet & Habits

Understanding Conehead Termites

What do conehead termites look like?

Conehead termite is a common name based on the dark, cone-shaped head of the termite soldiers.

  • Size: 2-4mm in length

  • Legs: 6 legs

  • Antennae: 2 long antennae

They are able to squirt a tacky substance from this cone as a means of defense. Attacking ants or other predators often find themselves coated and unable to move.

Soldiers make up an unusually large portion of the total conehead termite colony – anywhere from 20-30% of the colony. Only 1-2 percent of subterranean and drywood colonies are soldiers.

Conehead Termite

What do conehead termites tunnels and nests look like?

While subterranean termites also build mud tunnels, coneheads build wider and much more extensive tunnels than subterraneans. still another distinctive characteristic is the appearance of their nest. visible conehead termite nests are usually built in the open, perhaps in a tree, and look like a large, dark-brown “bumpy” round or oval shaped ball.

Where did conehead termites come from?

The conehead termite is an invasive species that was introduced into Florida in 2001 and now is found in the southern part of the state. The conehead termite is a drywood termite species with a native distribution in the Caribbean and Central American tropical countries such as Panama.

Are conehead termites easy to find?

A newly established conehead termite colony remains hidden for several years after the colony begins, but as the colony ages and matures, visible nests are constructed above ground. the above-ground nests may show up in trees, shrubs or on buildings.

What do conehead termites eat?

Conehead termites will eat almost anything that contains cellulose. It commonly infests and consumes trees, shrubs, roots, structural lumber, furniture, fence posts and rails and paper products.

How do conehead termites reproduce?

Mature colonies will contain both reproductive queens and males. In addition, alates will be formed and contribute to spreading colonies as they develop wings, fly from the nest, swarm, mate and then find other places to establish new colonies.

What are the signs of a conehead termite infestation?

The signs of a conehead termite infestation include seeing the termite nests; an extensive system of foraging tunnels that go from their nest to feeding locations; seeing the oddly shaped conehead soldiers; and many more soldiers in the nest as compared to other termite species.

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How do you know if you have termites?

Learn the signs to look for to determine if you might have a termite infestation.

Why should you be worried?

Termites cost Americans more than $5 billion in damage each year and most insurance plans don’t cover the damage.

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