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Subterranean Termite


Characteristics

  • Live underground to preserve moisture
  • Subterranean are the most common and widespread termite in America

Subterranean termites are a species of termite that is especially dependent upon a damp environment. These termites quickly dry out so they nest underground and build tunnels that lead to the wood that they feed on. These tunnels are one of the most obvious signs of subterranean termites and can be found on the outside of buildings or hidden underneath. The other common sign for any termite infestation is the swarmers, which are termites with wings. Swarms usually appear in the spring after a heavy rain in order to start new colonies. Seeing the swarmers and  finding piles of wings are other signs that you should have your home inspected.

An invasive species of subterranean termites, known as formosan termites, are becoming more common in Alabama and are especially destructive. The most noticeable difference between the two is the soldiers, formosan termite soldiers have a more oval shaped head and release a milky white fluid when threatened.  Learn more about effective termite control here and contact a termite control professional if you discover signs of subterranean termites.


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