Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termites


Subterranean termites are very common pests throughout the United States, and they are notorious for causing significant and costly damage to homes and buildings. It’s estimated that subterranean termites cause $5 billion in damages each year, making them one of the most destructive pests in the country. Swarmers are generally dark brown to black in color with two pairs of equal-sized wings. Meanwhile, workers and soldiers have a paler and more translucent color with no wings. Though subterranean termites look similar to winged ants, they can be distinguished by their straight antennae and thicker waist.

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Subterranean Termites


Subterranean Termite Habits

Subterranean termites primarily feed on cellulose, which is a key component in wood. Additionally, these pests are very sensitive to dehydration, so they are usually drawn to damp wood or areas with moisture problems. To preserve humidity as they travel, subterranean termites will build small mud tubes that are generally about a quarter inch to an inch thick. These mud tubes are often located in crawl spaces or near a home’s foundation, and they are one of the most obvious signs of an infestation. Since termites primarily live underground or inside of wooden structures, it can be difficult to identify an infestation before it causes considerable damage.

Damage Caused by Subterranean Termites

Since subterranean termites mainly consume timber, they are most known for causing significant and expensive damage. Additionally, a single colony can have 100,000 to 1 million individual termites, which means that they are capable of causing serious destruction very quickly. By hollowing out key support beams and other important structures, the damage caused by subterranean termites can lead to hazardous conditions. That is why it is important to contact a professional termite exterminator if you suspect there are termites in your home.

Subterranean Termite Control & Removal

Though subterranean termites are not known to bite or act aggressively toward humans, infestations can still be very dangerous to your home and safety. Colonies can grow very large very quickly, and winged termites are capable of breaking off from the colony to start their own – which means that an infestation could easily spread all throughout your home. If you notice mud tubes around your home or otherwise suspect there are termites on your property, it’s crucial to seek professional help as soon as possible. An experienced termite exterminator can perform an inspection to identify and eradicate the termites quickly and safely.

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