Subterranean Termite

Termite damage
The damage done by Subterranean termite can be extensive if not treated. Over 2,000,000 homes in the U.S. will
require treatment for termite infestation this year ‐Florida Department of Agriculture and consumer services.

Where do termites come from?
The Subterranean termites live in colonies that are hidden behind walls, wood beams, and wooden posts. Moisture
is critical for the survival of subterranean termites so they will migrate to and from the soil daily to the food source
which is usually our home. Large colonies could extend from your home to areas as large as 1/3 of a mile and as far
as 78 yards. While foraging for wood they could travel over distances up to the size of a football field

Reproductive Capacity:
Termite colonies could contain from 200 000 –5 000 000 individuals which forages as far as1/3 of an acre or as far
as 78 yards.

What do termites look like?
Worker subterranean termites are 3/8 inch long, have no wings and are white to cream in color. The soldiers are
wingless as well, white in color and have a large head and jaws. The king and queen termites are dark brown in
color. Swarmers have 2 pairs of wings that are the same length The Eastern Subterranean termites swarms
primarily in February to May. Worker termites construct shelter tubes which protects them as they search for
food. While eating they excavate tunnels in wood resulting in structural damage of homes.