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The most damaging of all termites – The Subterranean Termite
It may come as no surprise that termites are a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Although there are different types of termites, the subterranean termite poses one of the biggest threats to your property. These termites, found in almost every state, build underground colonies and feed on wood structures, leaving devastation in their wake. Here’s what you should know about subterranean termites and how they can harm your home.
Hiding in Plain Sight
Unlike drywood termites, which dwell in wood and often require fumigation, subterranean termites build underground colonies and make their way up through the ground to reach their food source: your home’s wood structures. This makes it almost impossible to spot a subterranean termite infestation until it’s too late.
Silent and Deadly
One of the most significant dangers of subterranean termites is that they often go unnoticed, causing significant structural damage to your property before you even know they’re there. While drywood termites leave tiny piles of sawdust near feeding sites, subterranean termites leave little or no trace. By the time you notice signs of damage, such as buckling floors, sagging walls, or mazes of mud tubes on foundation walls, the damage is already done.
Preventing an Infestation
Preventing a subterranean termite infestation starts with proper wood maintenance. Keep firewood piles, lumber, and other wood structures away from your home’s foundation to reduce the likelihood of termites accessing and feeding on them. Make sure that any wood that is exposed to soil is pressure-treated. Additionally, moisture control is essential. Fix leaks promptly, ensure proper drainage around your home, and use a dehumidifier to maintain proper indoor humidity levels.
Call Ecola Termite and Pest Control
If you suspect your property has a subterranean termite infestation, the best course of action is to call Ecola Termite and Pest Control. Our licensed professionals will inspect your property to identify any signs of termite activity and help you determine the best treatment plan to prevent further damage. Don’t wait until it’s too late – call Ecola today at 800-471-BUGS (2847) to schedule an inspection.