Subterranean termites are the most common type of termite found in the United States. Subterranean termites cause billions of dollars in structural damage each year. Some colonies have more than one female that lays eggs so a Subterranean Termite colony may have as many as 1,000,000 termites.
As the name suggests, Subterranean Termites live in the soil and enter your home through earth to wood contact, cracks in the foundation and concrete walls, or by building mud tubes that reach up to the wood of the structure. Termites can forage through the soil hundreds of feet from the site of their nest. Subterranean termites use their mud tubes for shelter, climate control, and protection from the environment and from predators.
Infestations are often found near plumbing, water heaters, floor heaters, wall heaters, or fireplaces because Subterranean Termites are attracted by moisture leaks and heat. If a Subterranean Termite infestation is located on your property, we recommend application of Termidor (fipronil). The social behavior of termites spreads the Termidor and leads to total colony control within a matter of weeks.