Subterranean Termite Facts


Diet of the Subterranean Termite

Subterranean Termites eat wood, wallpaper, plastics and fabric made from plants. They are ferocious eaters who will consume considerable amounts of material within weeks or months. If you find termites, do not wait until you think there is a real problem. Call us immediately!

Their Habitat

Subterranean termites need contact with the soil to survive. They live in underground colonies or in wet areas aboveground. They build tunnels to reach food and every spring, groups of reproductive termites fly off to start new colonies.

The Impact of Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites are the most destructive kind of termite. They can eat a lot of wood and they can cause a lot of expensive damage to a house! They can destroy building foundations, wooden support beams, plastic plumbing pipes, sub-flooring, insulation … even swimming pool liners and filtration systems! Termites can also injure or destroy living trees and shrubs.

Preventing Termite Damage

  • Make sure water drains away from your house.
  • Don’t let water build up around your home’s foundation. Termites like that!
  • Replace any damp or damaged wood on the outside of your home.
  • Never leave wood scraps in the yard for them to snack on.


Information courtesy of Pest-World for Kids!

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