The best method of subterranean termite control is to avoid
water accumulation near the foundation of the home. Prevent
subterranean termite access by diverting water away with properly
functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks. Store firewood
at least 20 feet away from the home, and keep mulch at least 15
inches from the foundation. Indoors, homeowners should reduce
humidity through proper ventilation of crawl spaces, attics and
basements to avoid attracting subterranean termite swarms.
Subterranean termites build distinctive tunnels, often referred
to as "mud tubes," to reach food sources and protect themselves
from open air. They use their scissor-like jaws to eat wood 24
hours a day, seven days a week. Like other termite species,
subterranean termites also feed on products containing cellulose.
Subterranean termites swarm in the spring when groups of
reproductive termites go off to start new colonies.
Subterranean termites live in underground colonies with as many
as two million members. They are also found in moist secluded areas
Subterranean termites are by far the most destructive termite
species. The hard, saw-toothed jaws of termites work like shears
and are able to bite off extremely small fragments of wood, one
piece at a time. Over time, they can collapse a building entirely,
meaning possible financial ruin for a homeowner. If you suspect a
termite infestation, contact a pest professional about subterranean