Subterranean termites cause the most damage to homes due, in part, to their ability to grow their colonies quickly to astronomical sizes. Living up to their name, subterranean termites build nests in the soil underneath homes. They cannot live without moisture and use protective mud tubes to travel.
Subterranean termites typically enter homes and buildings through:
- Plumbing and utility connections
- Cement expansions joints
- Foundation cracks
- Wood with direct soil contact
These dangerous pests can cost homeowners a lot of money in damage and can even completely destroy a home. It is paramount for homeowners to take proper precautions in order to prevent a termite infestation. Subterranean termites seek out moisture and enjoy feeding on damp, dead wood.
Homeowners can help minimize moisture by:
- Installing proper drainage
- Reducing humidity in crawl spaces
- Installing proper ventilation systems
- Eliminate wood/soil contact
Subterranean termite treatments include repellent and non-repellent options. Repellent treatments protect your home by, you guessed it, repelling termite invaders. These solutions create a protective barrier around your home and force termites to stay away. Non-repellent treatments protect your home by using slow-acting ingredients that termites carry from your home to their colonies. These solutions use the termites themselves to distribute poison and eliminate colonies.