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Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites live underground and build mud-tube tunnels to reach food sources. Like other termite species, they feed on wood and other products containing cellulose. Swarming in the spring, groups of the winged, reproductive subterranean termites will fly off to start new colonies.

Subterranean termites need contact with the soil to survive and thrive underground, which is why they build their distinctive mud tubes to gain access to food sources and to protect their colonies from the open air. These industrious termites can even build tunnels through cracks in the concrete that are at least the width of a business card.

How to Identify Subterranean Termites

There are three distinct types of subterranean termites with physical differences, including the reproductive royalty, workers and soldiers.

The reproductives include the emperor, empress and alates. Integral to a colony’s growth, the queen is the largest termite while the king is much smaller. Alates, better know as swarmers, have long, dark brown to almost black bodies and translucent, slightly milky-colored wings. Their bodies typically measure about ¼ to ½ inch in length and their wings may have a few barely visible hairs. Unlike swarmers, workers and soldiers do not have wings. Workers are about ¼ inch or less in length and have cream colored bodies. They have small jaws that help them chew away at wood and move materials. Soldiers can be distinguished by their large mandibles. They have rectangular shaped heads and their bodies are flat and wide. Although their body is usually a creamy white color, similar to workers, their head is darker and more brownish in color.

How to Avoid Subterranean Termites

There are steps you can take to prevent a termite infestation, including:

  • 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.
  • Never bury wood scraps or waste lumber in the yard.
  • Eliminate wood contact with the soil. Maintain a six-inch gap between the soil and wood portions of the building.

Professional Termite Exterminators in Union County

Termites are not welcome in your home under any circumstances, so it is important that you have a partner by your side who can help you conquer your termite problems. At Divine Pest Specialists, we have solutions for your termite problems. We offer comprehensive termite control services in Union County and Surrounding Areas. With over 20 years of experience, our team of pest control experts will help you identify termite infestations and provide solutions that are tailored to your particular situation to ensure that you will not be dealing with termites any longer. For divine intervention for your pest problems, you can rely on Divine Pest Specialists!

For more information about our termite control services or to schedule an appointment, please call (201) 852-2529 or contact us online.

Getting Rid of Termites

Termites are sneaky creatures – it is often the case that homeowners may not notice termites until the damage has progressed to a significant level. This is why we encourage homeowners to check regularly for termites for early intervention.

Worried you might have termites? Keep an eye out for these signs of termite infestations:

  • Cracked or bubbling paint
  • Wood that sounds hollow when tapped
  • Tubes of mud on your walls or in your crawl spaces
  • Swarming insects in your home or in your yard

The signs listed above are good warning signs to watch out for when it comes to termite infestations. If you suspect that you have a termite problem brewing, do not wait to give us a call! Termites can cause major damage to the structure of your home if left unchecked.

Understanding termites is very helpful when you are facing an infestation. Termites are insects that feed off of cellulose, such as paper or wood. They are characterized by their long bodies, pinchers, and straight antennae. There are different types of termites, which are classified by which environments they prefer. For example, dampwood termites prefer – you guessed it – soft, moist wood at ground level. The termites you find inside your home are typically drywood termites, which prefer intact wood and does not require soil. Our team will work with you to

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