Subterranean Termites

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Subterranean termites can cause significant damage to homes and structures if not properly prevented. These insects create colonies beneath the soil and can go undetected for years, silently eating away at the wooden frames of your home or building — this is why thorough prevention is key, and we can make that happen.

HomeTeam Pest Defense offers professional termite control services to help protect your space from subterranean termite infestations. We offer installation of Sentricon® Systems with Always Active™ technology for existing homes and newly constructed structures to secure your protection against subterranean termites.

We also recommend our Borate termite wood treatment for homes that are still under construction to achieve another layer of protection against subterranean termites and other wood-damaging insects, such as wood boring beetles and carpenter ants.

What are subterranean termites?

Subterranean termites are small, pale insects ranging from 1/8 to 1 inch in size. They have straight antennae, short legs, and a wide waist, distinguishing them from other termite species. These termites live in underground colonies, and they require moisture to survive. Subterranean termites construct mud tubes, which they use to travel above ground and protect themselves from dehydration.

If not dealt with promptly, subterranean termites have the potential to cause extensive damage to homes and structures. Their diet consists of cellulose, which is present in wood, paper, and other organic materials. As they feed, the wooden systems of a building can weaken over time, resulting in expensive repairs and potential safety risks.

Signs of a subterranean termite infestation

Subterranean termites are known to be silent destroyers, as they can cause significant damage to a home or building without showing signs of their presence.

However, there are certain signs that homeowners can look out for to detect the presence of a subterranean termite infestation:

  • Visible damage to wooden structures — This is one of the most noticeable signs of a subterranean termite infestation. Damage to wooden structures typically include walls, floors, and furniture that appear to have a hollow sound when tapped or are visibly weakened. Termite-damaged wood may also have a honeycomb-like appearance or be covered in mud tubes, which are made from soil and fecal matter, and act as a protective tunnel for termites.
  • Presence of piles of a sawdust-like material — Frass is a sawdust-like material resulting from termites tunneling through wood and leaving behind their fecal pellets. This is another usual sign that indicates termite activity.
  • Termite wings around window sills or door frames — Homeowners may also notice wings often shed by winged termites, known as swarmers, when they establish a new colony. If you see signs of swarmers, this signifies an active termite infestation.

Aside from these tell-tale signs, homeowners should also be aware of the conditions that attract subterranean termites, such as wood debris and excessive moisture, around the foundation of their homes. Subterranean termites are attracted to moist environments, so check for any areas of moisture in and around the home. These can include leaky pipes, damp basements or crawl spaces, or areas where water tends to pool.

Annual termite inspections by a professional termite control company, such as HomeTeam Pest Defense, can help identify any signs of termite activity and prevent further damage to your home or structure. Early detection and treatment are crucial to eliminate termite infestations and protect the property from costly repairs and potential safety hazards.

If you notice any signs of subterranean termite activity, contact us at HomeTeam Pest Defense right away for an inspection.

The impact of a subterranean termite infestation

In addition to structural damage, subterranean termite infestations can negatively impact a property’s value. Homebuyers are often hesitant to purchase a home with a history of termite damage or active infestations, making it harder to sell the property.

Furthermore, termite infestations can be costly to treat and repair. The longer an infestation goes undetected, the more damage it can cause, resulting in even higher repair costs.

If you suspect a subterranean termite infestation or any active termite activity in your vicinity, take preventative measures and seek professional termite treatment services as soon as possible to eliminate or prevent any infestation from worsening.

Stop subterranean termite infestations in their tracks with HomeTeam Pest Defense

To help prevent subterranean termite infestations, homeowners should take caution and follow these steps:

  • Maintain proper moisture levels around their homes
  • Remove wood debris from their property
  • Seal possible entry points
  • Schedule an inspection- with HomeTeam Pest Defense
  • Seek professional help right away when you suspect any signs

At HomeTeam Pest Defense, we offer a range of termite treatment services to meet our customers’ needs. Our approach includes pre-construction treatments and baiting systems to eliminate termite colonies and prevent further damage.

Ensure your home and family are protected by choosing our team of experienced professionals dedicated to providing quality service. For professional pest control services and termite treatment options, HomeTeam Pest Defense is here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and protect your home from subterranean termites.

Frequently Asked Questions
About Subterranean Termites

How do subterranean termites enter homes and structures?

Subterranean termites can enter homes and structures through cracks in the foundation, gaps in windows and doors, and even through plumbing and electrical entry points. They can also gain access through wood-to-soil contact, such as wooden decks or porches attached to the home. This is why it’s crucial to seal all possible entry points in your space and schedule regular inspections with a professional termite control company like HomeTeam Pest Defense.

How much damage can subterranean termites cause to a home or structure?

Subterranean termites can cause significant damage to homes and structures if left untreated. They feed on cellulose, found in wood, paper, and other organic materials, and can weaken the wooden structures of a building over time. The damage they cause depends on the size of the colony and the length of time they have been active.

Termite infestations can cause extensive structural damage, negatively impacting a property’s value and making it harder to sell. If you suspect a subterranean termite infestation in your space, take action immediately to save your property from further damage.

How long does it take for subterranean termites to cause significant damage?

Subterranean termites can cause significant damage in as little as a few months, but it can take several years for the damage to become noticeable. Contact us at HomeTeam Pest Defense for a termite inspection to detect and treat any infestations before significant damage occurs.

How do I get rid of subterranean termites?

Treating termites can be a complex and challenging process that often requires the expertise of termite control professionals. DIY treatments are often ineffective and can even make the problem worse. That’s where professional termite control services come in. At HomeTeam Pest Defense, our specialists have the knowledge, experience, and tools needed in identifying and treating termites effectively.

Professional termite control service companies, such as HomeTeam Pest Defense, offer a range of termite treatment services to prevent subterranean termite infestations.

Are subterranean termites dangerous to humans or pets?

Subterranean termites are not directly dangerous to humans or pets, but their presence can significantly damage homes and structures, posing safety hazards. To protect your property and prevent expensive repairs, report any suspicions of subterranean termite infestations to termite control specialists, and do regular inspections.

Don’t let termites cause costly damage to your property. Contact HomeTeam Pest Defense today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts and get started on the road to a termite-free home.

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