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Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termites

Quick Reference Facts

Common Name: Subterranean Termites
Common Traits: Color: Creamy white to dark brown/black, Shape: Long, narrow and oval, Size: 1/8 inch long, Region: Throughout the U.S.
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Prevention Methods

  • Avoid water accumulation around homes foundation
  • Divert water away with properly functioning downspouts
  • Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation

Habits:

Subterranean termites build distinctive tunnels, often referred to as “mud tubes,” to reach food sources and protect themselves from open air. They use their scissor-like jaws to eat wood 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Like other termite species, subterranean termites also feed on products containing cellulose. Subterranean termites swarm in the spring when groups of reproductive termites go off to start new colonies..

Habitat:

Subterranean termites live in underground colonies with as many as two million members. They are also found in moist secluded areas above ground.

Threats:

Subterranean termites are by far the most destructive termite species. The hard, saw-toothed jaws of termites work like shears and are able to bite off extremely small fragments of wood, one piece at a time. Over time, they can collapse a building entirely, meaning possible financial ruin for a homeowner. If you suspect a termite infestation, contact a pest professional about subterranean termite treatment.

Information provided by the National Pest Management Association