- Subterranean termites, common in many states, live underground in what can be huge colonies.
- One colony can occupy multiple nesting and feeding sites connected by tunnels underground.
- Hundreds of thousands to millions of individual termites can occupy areas of up to half an acre.
- The colonies damaging one house may actually live in an adjoining yard and not actually under the infested house.
- Subterranean termites drill out narrow, uneven tunnels through soil until they encounter their primary food –wood—such as decaying tree roots, logs, stumps, woodpiles, and plant debris OR YOUR HOUSE!
- Once they discover a tasty feeding site, worker termites lay down an invisible odor trail to attract others to the food source.
- Termites can be very beneficial since they help decompose organic matter and return nutrients to the soil.
- Termites have a caste system where each type of individual has their own job!
- You can have a subterranean termite infestation for years and not know it. Termites damage approximately 600,000 homes in the U.S. each year.
- A termite queen can live 15 to 25 years and lay an egg every 15 seconds.
- U.S. residents spend an estimated $5 billion annually to control termites and repair termite damage.
- Swarming termites are often confused with flying ants. See illustration above for the difference.
- If you own a porch, deck, or stairway that conceals a portion of your basement wall, subterranean termites can infest your home without any external sign.
- Termite inspectors will look for warning signs of termites, including mud tubes, termite droppings, exit or kick-out holes, bubbling or peeling paint, and wood damage.
- The cryptic nature and tenacious foraging habits of these insects pose a challenge to most pest control companies, but NOT DA Exterminating!