As the title says I live in Yavapai County. This was a cable reel I moved and one of many that sit for a while and eventually, when I move them, I see termites underneath them. After seeing some videos on youtube and just browsing around I have decided to try and keep some termites. I am hoping someone can tell me if these are the subterranean type. Finding non pest resources, particularly for termites, is challenging.
I was basing Subterranean on this link. https://www.blueskyp...izona-termites/
The termites are always between the concrete and the cable reels and when a reel is picked up, it is clear that moisture remains trapped under the reel and keeps things humid. Does anyone know wood preference for whatever this species is, or termites in general? The few discussions I have seen didn’t leave me confident one way or another but appeared to suggest softwood was preferable. I have a well aged piece of oak about 3 feet long that I was going to burn off but I could cut this up for them if Oak is a wood they would use. Interestingly in the last 2 weeks I moved another reel that had a bunch of termites under it. What made this one different was that there was at least a handful of golden or yellow ants, very clearly ants, and notably larger than the termites within the same space. I assume either the ant species preferred wood and lived alongside these termites or farmed them for food. Not sure which. Though farming seems more likely than cohabitation.
I do have a 40 gallon tank that has been sitting around my house forever. The lid had a screen on it and was intended for reptiles but I repurposed the lid for a Brazilian Rainbow Boa so the tank would hold the humidty. I figure this would be ideal for these termites.
Nare I did read your guide to keeping Subterranean Termites. I am not sure if this is a species where the absence of a King and Queen will cause one of them to step up to the missing role and start a colony. I would say I was able to round up 100 workers. But maybe its more like 50? Either way seemed like a grabbed a lot of them. Does it sound like there is any chance of this evolving into anything or will they just end up dying out?
Also, I was going to use native soil from my backyard and maybe mix in some coconut coir. I assume at least native soil would be fine as it is what they were living in anyway....maybe?
Thanks for the help!
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