Subterranean termites are the most destructive pests of wood in the United States. They cause more than $2 billion in property damage annually, more damage than fire and windstorm combined.
In nature, subterranean termites are beneficial. They break down dead trees and other wood materials. Unfortunately they can’t tell the difference between the wood of an dead tree and the wood of your home.
Subterranean termites aren’t noticed immediately because of their hidden presence behind wall-boards, siding or wood trim. You may notice an old picture frame hole with dirt covering it. That is an emergence hole that they have covered up.
Subterranean termites are social insects that live in nests or colonies in the soil. Moisture is vital to them because they have little resistance to dehydration. To survive, they must maintain contact with the soil (their primary moisture source) or other above-ground moisture sources such as structures with plumbing or guttering.
Termites build tubes from particles of soil or wood and bits of debris held together by saliva. These tubes range from thinly constructed to large and thick-walled enable to accommodate the termites movement vertically between the soil and the food source.
Termites can enter buildings through wood in contact with the soil, by building shelter tubes over or through foundations or by entering directly through cracks or joints in and under foundations. If you have a sub area construction or a slab construction, it doesn’t matter, you will eventually get termites.
If you think you may have subterranean termites, call us at 559-291-4900!
We will advise you of your options and what will be the best aproach to eliminating your infestation.