Termites are one of the most successful insects on Earth. They can populate on every land mass except Antarctica. Termites live in underground colonies or in damp secluded areas above ground that can contain up to 2 million members. The characteristics of a termite are dependent on the termite’s role in the colony. Cream-colored worker termites are 1/8 to 3/8’s of an inch in length. Soldier termites are the same size, but are recognized by their powerful mandibles. Both worker and soldier termites are blind. They also have antennae that have numerous functions such as taste, touch, heat, and vibration. Male and female termites have wings for reproductive swarming. After reproduction, they shed their wings to start a new colony. Non reproductive termites do not have wings. The life cycle of the termite happens in 3 stages; egg, nymph, and adult. Normally, the queen may lay 1,000 eggs a day in a mature colony. Termites can life up to 30 years but 15-17 years is the average.