Subterranean Termites

What Are Subterranean Termites?

As their name suggests subterranean termites nest in the moist soil underground. Subterranean termites survive by feeding on wood and other products containing cellulose. They prefer wood that has  been damaged by water or that is decaying. Out in nature, their feeding habits are beneficial, as they help to break down decaying material made of cellulose. But, when they invade our yards and homes they become frighteningly destructive pests.
 
Subterranean termites are social, living and working together. What a termite looks like depends on what caste or role they play within the colony. Worker termites are the most numerous members of the colony and are responsible for gathering food. They have a creamy colored soft-body and are wingless and blind. The soldiers look similar to the workers but have strong jaws and an elongated yellowish head. Soldiers defend the colony from danger. The reproductives members of a termite colony are the only caste that is winged. They are dark-brown to black in color and are the largest members of the colony.

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Are Subterranean Termites Dangerous?

Each year subterranean termites cause billions of dollars in damage across the country. While they are extremely damaging to our property, they pose no direct risks to people's health. In fact, we rarely if ever see termites because they spend most of their lives under the ground or in pieces of wood.

Over time, the termites that move inside of homes and other buildings to feed on structural wood will create extensive damage that is expensive to repair. This expense is made worse by the fact that most homeowners’ insurance companies don’t cover the cost of repairing termite damage.

Why Do I Have A Subterranean Termite Problem?

Properties with or near things like fallen trees, tree stumps, piles of leaves, and wood piles are more likely to experience problems with termites. That's because termites prefer wood that is softened by moisture or rot. When termites are feeding or nesting either on your property, or a neighboring property, there is a high chance they will find their way into your home. Termites typically move inside of homes while foraging for food. They move inside either through cracks in the foundation or through pieces of wood that are making direct contact with the ground. When possible it is important to limit this contact. Things to be watchful for are porch steps, wooden trim, and deck posts.

How Do I Get Rid Of Subterranean Termites?

If you're looking for a way to eliminate subterranean termites from your property for good, your answer lies with Dandi Guaranty! With just one call, we'll send our pest technicians to inspect your home for signs of subterranean termite activity. Once we've determined the problem areas in your home and around your property, we'll treat those areas to effectively eliminate your current subterranean termite infestation, then treat your property with termite deterrent to prevent future invasions. To learn more about how our Quarterly Pest Control Plan can help solve your subterranean termite problem, visit our residential control page!

Can I Eliminate Subterranean Termites Myself?

Once subterranean termites have invaded your home, the best solution is to partner with Dandi Guaranty. However, you can help prevent problems with subterranean termites. To do this it is important to eliminate things like fallen trees, tree stumps, leaf piles, and other organic debris from your property. You can prevent termites from finding their way into your home by sealing cracks in the foundation. Also, make sure any wooden structures attached to your home are not making direct contact with soil. Leave a barrier between soil or mulch and your home’s foundation. Reduce moisture in and around your home by maintaining gutters, fixing leaky pipes, and replacing mulch with non-organic gardening material. Use a dehumidifier to reduce humidity levels in your home.

 

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