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Everything You Need To Know About Subterranean Termites In Chesapeake

June 15, 2022

Termites are “ant-like” social insects that form massive colonies with others. Termites are categorized into various groups based on their primary role for supporting the colony, such as workers, defenders, and those designated for reproduction. In natural outdoor environments, termites are beneficial because they can expedite the process of breaking down wood and other types of materials that are littering the area. 

Termites are wood-destroying insects that primarily consume cellulose. Termites appear in colors such as white, brown, or black and have a body length between 1/8 of an inch and one inch. Two of the most common types are drywood termites and subterranean termites. Drywood termites actually construct their nest within a structure while subterranean species build underground nests that typically require traveling to nearby food sources above ground.

Can termites bite you? Termites are not known for stinging, biting, or carrying harmful diseases. However, as a termite infestation develops, a wooden structure may become unstable and could create a dangerous collapse in rare cases.  

Pest Control In Chesapeake 

Termites are a problem that costs local homes and businesses vast sums each year in repair costs. Making matters worse, the majority of property insurance policies specifically exclude termite-related damage from coverage eligibility. Property owners that suspect a termite infestation are urged to respond quickly to protect their property from continual damage by speaking to a seasoned termite control professional. 

Signs Of Subterranean Termites On Your Chesapeake Property

What do termites look like, and what are signs of termites on my property? Termites are small creatures that are often mistaken for ants. Some of the most common signs of a potential intrusion include: 

  • During the spring months, groups of winged termites may be seen gathering in swarms as part of their mating season ritual before departing to potentially create new colonies. 
  • Floors may begin to sound very creaky when walked on.
  • Walls may develop a “water-damaged” appearance, and ceilings may sag as the structure is eroded. 
  • Doors and windows may become increasingly difficult to open or close as subtle shifts occur in the wood.
  • Look for pattern-like tunnels or mud tubes that subterranean termites create to allow safe passage between wood and their nest sites.

Property owners are encouraged to closely check the premises a few times each year for any of these or other indications of a problem. 

Why It Is So Hard To Get Rid Of Subterranean Termites 

Termite colonies often have many thousands of members, and eradication involves locating a nest that may be in a hard-to-reach underground area. Part of the challenge in removing termites is identifying their presence, as many property owners mistakenly think they are ants. Further, termites generally consume the interior of a wooden structure first, which may prevent you from noticing the internal activity.  

How Do Subterranean Termites Get Into Homes?

Subterranean termites will emerge from their underground nests and seek sources of wood. They often build mud tubes which are thin tunnels that allow passage. For this reason, Chesapeake homeowners are encouraged to prevent any direct contact between wooden parts of the foundation and the soil below. 

Who To Call About Subterranean Termites

Termites are highly-destructive creatures that may create expensive property damage. Property owners should promptly consult with a licensed pest control professional to eradicate these pests.

Leading Provider Of Pest Control Solutions 

The team of experts with Hawk Mosquito & Pest knows how to find termites and how to fix termite damage. We have years of experience to get the job done. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.