Subterranean Termite Habits
Subterranean termites are the most destructive termites in North America, and they are also the most common. Their colonies of two to ten million individuals are found underground in elaborate nests. These termites tunnel within the soil, connecting their large, underground network to a food source. Once the wood has been found, they build mud tubes to begin feeding. Because they live and feed underground, most of their life is spent completely out of sight.
Prevention of Subterranean Termites
Because of their ability to stay hidden, their many swarmers and workers, and their saw-like jaws, subterranean termites can cause incredible amounts of damage to a home. Signs of infestation include the presence of their mud tubes, the presence of discarded swarmer wings, and visibly damaged wood.
The best way to prevent subterranean termites is to make sure that they cannot enter a home. They often use plumbing utility holes and cracks in foundations. Any and all cracks or utility holes where their tunnels can access a structure must be sealed shut.
Eliminating Subterranean Termites
A licensed pest control professional should be called to inspect the building if a termite infestation is suspected. This expert should also inspect the property, ensuring that it is adequately termite-proofed. If an infestation is found, the pest control expert can also treat the area to eliminate the termite invaders.