What are Subterranean Termites?
Termites caused $5 Billion in damages last year.
The best method of subterranean termite control is to avoid water accumulation near the foundation or in the crawl space of the home. Prevent subterranean termite access by diverting water away with properly functioning downspouts, gutters, and splash blocks. Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the home and keep mulch at least 15 inches from the foundation.
Indoors, homeowners should reduce humidity through proper ventilation of crawl spaces, attics, and basements to avoid attracting subterranean termite swarms. PMi offers full moisture control services that can help regulate the humidity in a crawl space. PMi Termite protection with the use of Sentricon or Termi A Bond can create a protective termite perimeter around your home.
- Color: Creamy white to dark brown/black
- Legs: 6
- Shape: Long, narrow and oval
- Size: 1/8 inch long
- Antennae: Yes
- Region: Found throughout the U.S.
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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.
Subterranean termites live in underground colonies with as many as two million members. They are also found in moist secluded areas above ground. Termites need moisture, and cellulose to live.
These 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 PMi Termite Specialist about subterranean termite treatment.
Subterranean Termite Prevention
The best method of termite control is to avoid water accumulation near your home’s foundation. Divert water away with properly functioning downspouts, gutters, and splash blocks. Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation or crawl space encapsulation by PMi. Do not bury wood scraps or waste lumber in the yard. Eliminate wood contact with the soil. Maintain a one-inch gap between the soil and wood portions of the building.