Subterranean Termites

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Subterranean Termites 101

Billions of dollars are spent each year in the United States on repairing damage done by Subterranean termites. They are said to cause the worst type of damage to homes across America. Subterranean termites have bodies that range from brown to black in color and have six legs. Much of their life is spent underground or behind walls unless they need to come up for food. They create tunnels that reach ground level to get to food such as wood or cellulose material. This kind of termite needs moisture to survive so will come up much more often than the other type of termites who don’t need that moisture. Subterranean termites can be wingless or have wings. As stated, these pests are some of the most destructive in the United States. Once they start building, it will look as though they are never going to stop. A queen can lay thousands of eggs in a lifetime and reproductives can also lay eggs for their colony. Once you suspect you have an issue, be sure to get a hold of a professional right away.

Breakdown

Color Size # Legs
Waxy Cream, Tan, or Yellow 1/4 in – 1/2 in Six

Danger/Destruction Rating

Subterranean Termites 101

Billions of dollars are spent each year in the United States on repairing damage done by Subterranean termites. They are said to cause the worst type of damage to homes across America. Subterranean termites have bodies that range from brown to black in color and have six legs. Much of their life is spent underground or behind walls unless they need to come up for food. They create tunnels that reach ground level to get to food such as wood or cellulose material. This kind of termite needs moisture to survive so will come up much more often than the other type of termites who don’t need that moisture. Subterranean termites can be wingless or have wings. As stated, these pests are some of the most destructive in the United States. Once they start building, it will look as though they are never going to stop. A queen can lay thousands of eggs in a lifetime and reproductives can also lay eggs for their colony. Once you suspect you have an issue, be sure to get a hold of a professional right away.

Breakdown

Color Size # Legs
Waxy Cream, Tan, or Yellow 1/4 in – 1/2 in Six

Danger/Destruction Rating

Signs of an Infestation

When you have a subterranean termite infestation, chances are you will not be able to tell right away. These pests can hide out for years and will build their colonies underground or in your walls where they will not be disturbed. During this time, wood will be chewed up and could possibly tear down the structure of your home. The damages could leave you with extremely hefty bills and a load of stress. If an infestation is visible, you may notice swarms of these winged termites coming out during the warmer months, especially during rainfall. These winged termites are also called reproductives and look a lot like flying ants. The difference between flying ants and reproductives are that winged termites are smaller in size and have straight antennas. When reproductives are finished mating, they lose their wings that look like fish scales. You will begin to see piles of these wings on your windowsills or around wooden structures.

Signs of an Infestation

When you have a subterranean termite infestation, chances are you will not be able to tell right away. These pests can hide out for years and will build their colonies underground or in your walls where they will not be disturbed. During this time, wood will be chewed up and could possibly tear down the structure of your home. The damages could leave you with extremely hefty bills and a load of stress. If an infestation is visible, you may notice swarms of these winged termites coming out during the warmer months, especially during rainfall. These winged termites are also called reproductives and look a lot like flying ants. The difference between flying ants and reproductives are that winged termites are smaller in size and have straight antennas. When reproductives are finished mating, they lose their wings that look like fish scales. You will begin to see piles of these wings on your windowsills or around wooden structures.

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So if you want those ants out of your kitchen, those mice out of your closet, those bed bugs out of your sofa, we are your Alexandria pest control experts. We will keep you and your home safe from both pests and chemicals. Give us a call today to set up an appointment.