What do subterranean termites look like?

Subterranean termites look like a creepy otherworldly invader from an alien movie.  They are creamy white and shiny, and if you look closely, you can see their intestines.  Very strange.  They are about 1/8” long.

 

Where do subterranean termites live?

Like the name might suggest, subterranean termites live underground.  They have large colonies (up to 2 million members) and build tunnels called mud tubes to get around.  They eat wood and other vegetation containing cellulose and cause billions of dollars in damage across the US each year. 

 

What damage do subterranean termites do?

Termites are the most destructive pest on the planet, and one of the most destructive of all is the subterranean termite.  They eat anything containing cellose, which can include wood, paper, books and other plants.  The most dangerous thing about subterranean termites is that they often go undetected until it is too late.  A colony of termites could collapse a structure with their sawlike jaws.  

 

How should I prevent subterranean termites?

The best prevention for subterranean termites is to avoid any contact between the wood of your structures and the soil.  Maintain at least a 1” gap between the soil and any wood parts of your structures.  Drain any water accumulation around your property, and expecially near the foundation.  Reduce humidity in crawlspaces or basements.  Never bury wood in your yard.  Be sure to call Ace Walco right away if you think you’ve seen a subterranean termite anywhere on your property.  

 

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