What You Need to Know About Subterranean Termites

May 10th, 2020

Subterranean termites are quite common in Florida, but they are not a problem for everyone. In fact, as long as the wood part of your home does not go down into the soil, subterranean termites will never be an issue. On the other hand, if your wood siding goes down into the soil, the termites will invade the siding and then your home.

Because subterranean termites are not a problem for everyone, many people don’t know very much about them. This type of termites lives several feet below the surface of the soil. Most of the termites do not even have eyes; or if they do have eyes, they are not well developed. Only the swarmers, subterranean termites that leave the safety of the soil to find a new home, have eyes that are able to see.

These swarmers are the termites that you need to worry about. If any part of your home is wood and that wood goes into the soil, you are at risk of getting subterranean termites. As long as your home’s foundation is at least four inches above the ground, you will never really have to worry about subterranean termites.

If you are worried about subterranean termites or if you believe you have seen signs of termites, you can take these measures for prevention:

  • Don’t store firewood near the house.
  • Keep drainage unblocked and water flowing away from the house.
  • Make sure there are no leaks or moisture in the home at all.

If you have additional problems with termites, you will need to seek professional assistance to stop the problem so you can begin repairs on your home. We will be happy to assist you by visiting your home, discovering what type of termite or pest we are dealing with, and providing you with an affordable and effective solution. Contact us today.