Subterranean Termite Biology

As the name implies, subterranean termites live as colonies below ground.  Colonies consist of a primary queen, king, reproductives, workers, and soldiers.  Workers of the colony generally range around 250,000 -1,000,000 or more members.  Usually once or twice a year, a mature, healthy colony will produce new reproductives called “swarmers”.  Swarmers usually develop during the winter months.  Starting in spring, when the temperature, moisture, and light are suitable, the swarmers will emerge from the nest to start a new colony.  This is the period most homeowners realize they may have a problem.  Swarmers that emerge inside a structure will not survive for more than a couple of hours.  They will be attracted to light so most will fly towards a window.  Signs that a swarm has occurred will obviously be a pile of dead swarmers, or sometimes they are able to return to the soil before they die but will leave behind their clear wings in the hundreds.

Know the Dangerous Difference

"Swarmers"

Workers

Mud Shelter Tubes

Termite workers are the destructive force behind the damage that may occur.  They feed on any cellulose material which is mainly wood in order to feed the rest of the colony.  Workers are not frequently seen because of their inability to be exposed to the air for too long.  They construct mud shelter tubes to be able to go from the soil to their food source.  

If you have any of these signs, give us a call.  Our highly trained technicians can evaluate the infestation and recommend an appropriate treatment for your home.  We have treatment options for every type of house and budget.  From full liquid treatments to our Vantage Home Protection Program, we have the treatment options that will fit your needs.