Subterranean termites are the most common species of termite found in the U.S. They are also the most destructive species and can entirely collapse a building. The annual price tag associated with Subterranean Termite Control and the cost to repair their damage annually exceeds over $2 billion. The winged forms, most commonly referred to as "swarmers," are only 1/2 inch long, and the workers and soldiers species are only 1/4 inch long. The swarmers are most often seen in the open and are dark brown/black. Workers are whitish-colored, blind, and very sensitive to heat, cold, and dry air.
Termites live in colonies in the ground. Due to their sensitivity, termites build shelter or mud tubes that have a diameter approximately the diameter of a pencil.
How to Prevent Termites
- Stack all firewood and lumber several feet away from the building
- Keep all wood-supports of decks and porches more than one foot from a foundation
- Keep landscaping mulch at least one foot away from a foundation
- Repair leaking water-lines that could drip onto wooden parts of your home or building
The Regal Advantage
Termites are the most damaging structural pests, annually affecting 600,000 homes. When termites infest buildings, they damage lumber, wood panels, flooring, sheetrock, and other materials. Since 1972, Regal Exterminating has been helping homeowners and property managers to control termite problems. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.