Subterranean Termite Extermination in San Antonio
Subterranean termites are the largest termite threat to homes in the U.S. and are found abundantly in the San Antonio area. As pests that nest below ground, these termites can do great structural damage before they are detected. Like other termites, they eat cellulose materials such as wood and paper. Subterranean species need constant moisture, shelter and food, all of which they find in many homes. Texas hosts two types: the native subterranean termite and the less common Formosan.
Subterranean termites do more damage to a home in a short time than other types of termites. They can demolish a foot of 2-inch lumber in less than four months. Subterranean termites can enter a home from the soil around a foundation, slipping in through cracks in concrete or onto wood. They create mud tubes from the nest to food sources such as wood beams and the paper components of walls. As they destroy a home's wood supports from the ground up, an infestation needs to be treated as soon as possible in order to preserve the building from substantial damage.
Identifying Subterranean Termites
Termites live in social colonies and work together to survive, which means that they quickly eat through wood products. The most visible castes are workers, soldiers, and reproductives. Worker termites, which find food and eat timber, are soft and white. Soldiers have large brown heads while many reproductives are winged and can be mistaken for other types of insects.
Regular termite inspections can prevent thousands of dollars in damage to a home. For inspections or treatment, contact the professionals at Worldwide Pest Control. We proudly serve the San Antonio and Austin areas.