Foraminitermitinae is the name of a group of termites. They are a sub-family of the family Termitidae. Africa is the home of this tiny group of termites. There are 2 genera and 9 species in this sub-family.

The Foraminitermitinae are subterranean termites. The word subterranean comes from two Latin words that mean “under the ground”. Subterranean termites get their name because they make their nests in the soil.

Like the other termites, Foraminitermitinae feed n cellulose. They eat things that they find buried in the ground as well as things they find on the surface. Scientists refer to these termites as “soil-feeders” because they do not travel above the ground to find food.

Scientists studied the effects of farming on these subterranean termites and other forest creatures. They learned that when forests are removed for farming, the ecosystem could recover in just a few years after the land is allowed to lie fallow.

In areas where forests were converted to cacao growing, they number and diversity of forest species did not decrease as much as scientists expected. Many of the species, including termites in the Foraminitermitinae, were able to live in the farm environments just as they had lived in the forests.

Most homeowners would prefer that subterranean termites would disappear when the land is cleared for homes. However, when the land is cleared, the termites change food sources and start to attack the cellulose in the homes.

Subterranean termites can enter a home through a tiny crack in the foundation. They can also follow plumbing pipes, cables, and other structural elements that go into the home.

Experts encourage homeowners to have periodic termite inspections. Termite control professionals can recognize the signs of termite activity. They can also point out landscaping conditions that might allow termites to get easy access to the home.