Subterranean Termite

Subterranean Termite

Western Subterranean Termite

Subterranean termites are the most destructive kind of termites. There are many factors and conditions that make it easier for termites to gain access to your home. Upon a complete termite inspection of your home, your termite inspector will advise you of any conditions that make your home conducive to current or future subterranean termite infestations.

Subterranean termite colonies can have as many as 2 million members. Because they need a moist environment to survive, typically these termites live underground in the soil and they build mud tubes to travel to food sources. If the moisture content of the wood is 20% or more, they can survive in the wood without returning to the ground. Food sources can include wood, cardboard, wallpaper, trees, and some fabrics.

During Spring, with a combination of warm weather and wet soil from recent rains, groups of reproductive termites (winged kings and queens) from established colonies fly off in large numbers to start new colonies. In addition to normal swarm cycles, other environmental conditions can trigger a termite swarm such as lack of food supply, water, or application of pesticides. Subterranean termites usually swarm during daylight hours.

Our preferred method for subterranean termite treatment is an undetectable treatment by the termites that they cannot see, smell, taste, or avoid. The termites continue their normal routine while they come in contact with the treatment and spread the treatment within the colony like a disease. This process is called the “transfer effect.”

Subterranean Termite Treatment

There are a number of very effective chemicals available to our industry to eliminate and control subterranean termites. Subterranean temite location will determine the chemical that should be used and the method of which the chemical is applied.

If your termite inspection reveals that your home has subterranean termites, depending upon the specifics to your infestation, the following methods are available:


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