What are Subterranean Termites?
Subterranean termites are a subclass of termites that can invade your home and leave you with costly damage. They can live in very large colonies and travel to places with lots of wood and metal, most notably your home. They can weaken wood and even metal support structures. Subterranean termites are the most destructive insect pests in Texas and can cause major damage to your home before you even realize they’re there. Don’t know much about Subterranean termites? We’ve got you covered.
How Did I Get Termites?
These pests live in the soil beneath and around homes and often enter through wood that touches the ground or by constructing mud tubes from the ground to the wood they infest. Cracks in concrete walls and foundations made of hollow blocks are also paths these insects could take to infest a house.
How Serious Are Termites?
As the most common type of termite in Texas, subterranean termites cause billions of dollars in structural damage each year. They also eat books, other paper products, cellulose-based products, and a variety of other plant-based goods.
Some colonies have more than one egg-laying female, so subterranean termite nests can grow quickly and contain hundreds and sometimes thousands of members. Since the pests can often infest homes for years undetected, responding to early warning signs is key to preventing serious damage. The most commonly observed warning signs are the presence of winged swarmers, mud tubes and evidence of damaged wood.
When are They Most Active?
Termites swarm in the warm days following rain and are also attracted to warm buildings in the winter. The spring is an especially active time for termites because it is when they mate and form new colonies.
How Quickly Can They Do Damage?
It takes 2-3 years for a termite colony to become large enough to swarm, but once they do, it takes an average sized colony only six months to eat through one foot of a 2×4. This may not sound like much, but they make tunnels in the surrounding wood, weakening the wood and potentially the structure of your house. It is important to tackle termite damage as soon as you suspect it!
How Do I Get Rid Of Termites?
Based on the layout of your home and the degree of termite infestation, our team will create a treatment plan tailored for your home to get rid of termites.
How Can I Prevent Termite Damage?
- Store all firewood away from the home.
- Make sure four inches of the foundation is showing and no mulch is touching the home. Siding should not extend down into the soil.
- Keep drainage systems unblocked and routing water away from the home to prevent buildup.
- Eliminate leaks and moisture from the home in general.
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