Subterranean Termites – A Home’s Worst Nightmare

TermitesSubterranean Termites are actually a very useful part of nature. They help to break down cellulose into nutrients that enrich the surrounding soil. This is great if the termites choose to munch on a fallen tree or old tree stump. It’s much less helpful if they target your house instead.

Subterranean termites are the most destructive type of termite and cause damage in the billions each year in the United States.  Termites are very common and have been found in every state except Alaska. Unfortunately, they prefer warm weather. While southeast states that are both hot and wet like Florida, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana have the highest population of termites, California is still a state that termites are more than happy to call home.

Subterranean termites live in large colonies, which is why, despite their small size, they can easily chew through a large wooden structure like a house. Life within the termite colony is relatively simple. A termite is either a reproducer, a worker or a soldier. As you can imagine, the majority of termites live and die as workers. The head of the colony is the queen, and her job, as you can probably guess, is to keep pumping out more workers and soldiers so the colony remains strong.

Worker termites are wingless and white or creamy in color. Their job is to forage for food, feed the soldiers and queen, groom the queen and build new tunnels. Soldier termites defend the colony. Their usual enemies include ants and other termites.

Reproductive male and female termites can either have wings or not. Winged termites are also known was “swarmers”. When termites “swarm”, it means that they use their wings to relocate to a new feeding location. One of the telltale signs of a termite infestation is a pile of gray or brown wings, which the termites shed after they swarm.

If you happen to notice what you think might be termite wings or a brownish powder (which is the termite’s fecal matter), then contact Best Rate Repair. We can provide a recommendation to a top-notch exterminator that services your San Diego area. After the termites are gone, we can come in and provide a free wood damage assessment and repair proposal. Contact us at (619) 229-0116.


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