Can I spread termites by traveling somewhere infested?
A reader e-mailed in this question:
"I have two questions. 1. Do termites roam freely around houses ouside of walls in plain site and 2.I am currently staying at a friends house that has termites. If one or some get in my bag will I need to worry? I am traveling back home to a log cabin in week. Should I be worried??"
For the first question - you will not see most termites wandering around
outside the colonies.
The only kind most people ever see are the "swarmers" or reproductives - these are the ones with wings that go out to start new colonies.
Usually you see these in the spring or in warmer weather, and the come out in giant swarms to try to find a new home.
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