Subterranean Termites: What You Need To Know

In Scottsdale and beyond, many homeowners are understandably concerned about the possibility of a termite infestation on their property. While you may have heard that termites can cause extensive damage to a home rapidly, you may not know how these insects travel, what they eat and how you can get rid of them.

A Colony of Workers and Soldiers

Subterranean termites live in colonies that are similar to the colonies that bees and ants live in. These colonies are comprised of workers and soldiers as well as a king and queen. Only the king and queen are fertile, and the queen can live for several decades. A typical colony may include hundreds of thousands or even millions of insects.

The termite diet consists of animal dung, soil and cellulose material like wood and dead leaves. These insects generally live underground, but they can live in moist environments above the ground as well. They create mud tubes to travel from their colony in the ground up to food sources, such as your fence, your home’s siding, firewood or other materials.

The Destruction Caused by Termites

Subterranean termites are very small, but their scissor-like jaws can quickly destroy materials that they feed on. These insects are active 24 hours a day. With potentially millions of insects gnawing on wood materials nearby, the damage they cause can be stunning.

When they feed, they typically burrow into the wood material. By doing so, they may go undetected by an untrained eye. However, underneath an intact surface, the inner material may be filled with hollow termite tubes. This can transform a sturdy piece of wood until a material that is as fragile as paper.

Preventing Termite Destruction on Your Property

Subterranean termites prefer to live in humid environments near a food source, so the best step that you can take is to reduce the appeal of your home’s exterior. Take steps to improve irrigation so that the soil around the foundation is as dry as possible. Move firewood piles away from your foundation, and elevate them on a metal surface at least an inch or two above the ground. Also, trim vegetation away from your home’s exterior, and promptly remove all dead leaves near the foundation.

Alliance Pest Management can complete a thorough termite inspection to determine if your home is actively infested, and they can provide you with helpful tips to reduce the risk of an infestation going forward.

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