Termites can destroy your home or business without you even realizing it. These tiny destroyers cause massive damage to wooden structures because they feast on the wood. When a colony takes root, it can be devastating to your property. They are hidden, underground, and can decimate your residence or commercial property. That’s why you must destroy termites before they get out of hand.
Look at our termite overview of how these insects cause problems for property owners.
Subterranean Termites live underground and in every state within the United States. But they are more predominant in warmer states like Missouri where they destroy wooden structures.
Subterranean Termites travel to and from the ground via shelter tubes to their food source. You may find these shelter tubes made by subterranean termites on your foundation, walls, or wooden parts of your structure.
Other signs of subterranean termites include soft wood that sounds hollow when tapped, darkening or blistering wood, bubbling paint, and pin-sized holes in your sheetrock. You have to locate these signs sooner rather than later.
Colonies can form and grow quickly, which is why you need to find the colony as soon as possible. When they live underground, termites are very hard to spot. You may not even know you have them until you see the mud tubes or soft wood. You’ll probably never see the creatures themselves because they hide and move quickly.
Subterranean termites live in huge colonies. They have three types of creatures that work in the colony to ensure its survival, including workers, soldiers, and swarmers. Their goal is to protect the queen and king.
More than 50 species of subterranean termites are found in the United States. They feed on wood and plant matter.
Keep an eye out for flying termites every year. Because these colonies are often hidden, you won’t know they exist until you see damage from the termites. That’s another sign of a termite infestation. Proven termite control techniques are the only way to solve a termite infestation.
In the Midwest, subterranean termites are most likely to attack your home.
Yes. A Pretreatment is a service provided as your property is being built to prevent termites. If your structure is already built the same treatment preventative and reactive can be applied to prevent termite infestation as well as a treat termite infestation that has already occurred.
There can be millions of termites in a single colony.
One thing all termite species have in common is that they are social creatures. They nest in large underground colonies. This means that once just a few termites ingest or contact the insecticide, it can quickly spread to the entire colony.