What are the signs of subterranean termites?
Signs of a subterranean termite infestation include swarms of winged reproductives in the spring, summer, or fall, the presence of shelter tubes, and evidence of tunneling in wood. Shelter tubes (sometimes called mud tubes) are the most commonly seen evidence of a subterranean termite infestation.
How serious are subterranean termites?
Subterranean termites can cause extensive damage. The hard, saw-toothed jaws of termites work like shears and are able to bite off extremely small fragments of wood, one piece at a time. Even a smaller colony, at 60,000 workers, has the ability to eat 1/5 ounce—or 5 grams—of wood each day.
How do subterranean termites get into a homes?
Subterranean Termite Entry Points One of the most common ways termites get in your home is through wood-to-ground contact, including doorframes, deck posts, and porch steps or supports. Subterranean termites also enter homes through cracks in the foundation and cracks in brick mortar.
Which is worse subterranean termites and drywood termites?
Subterranean termites are much more dangerous because they cause more significant damage than drywood termites. Their colonies can develop up to 1 million strong.
How far down do subterranean termites live?
18 to 20 feet
Experts believe that subterranean termites remain 18 to 20 feet below the ground during the winter, but in neighborhoods where central heating keeps the soil surrounding houses warm, subterranean termites will remain closer to the ground surface where they can still be problematic.
How often should you treat for subterranean termites?
Frequently Asked Questions For liquid termite treatments, you should re-treat roughly every five years, and for termite bait stations, you should monitor every few months.
What are some of the outward signs of termite damage?
Outward signs of termite damage include buckling wood, swollen floors and ceilings, areas that appear to be suffering from slight water damage and visible mazes within walls or furniture. Termite infestations also can exude a scent similar to mildew or mold.
What does a termite hole look like in a wall?
A termite exit hole will be round, one-eighth inch or smaller and filled with a brown, plaster-like substance. Exit holes made by termites are usually found in dry wood during the spring and summer months when it becomes warm enough for termites to leave the nest.