Eastern Subterranean Termite Up-Close

Problems with Termites

These pests can cause thousands of dollars in damage by feeding on wood in homes. Termite activity silently weakens buildings over the period of several years. The pests avoid the dry air at all costs, living in underground termite nests and tunneling deep into houses.

What Do Termite Nests Look Like?

Subterranean termite nests begin as a single hole in the soil dug by reproductive swarmers. As colonies grow, worker termites create tunnel networks that fan out in every direction. When one of these paths hits a tree or home, the pests create a pheromone trail back to the colony.

The size of termite nests varies. Smaller colonies close to food sources might span a couple yards. Established nests can reach as wide as 300 feet in diameter, especially when food becomes scarce.

Large-Scale Termite Nests

In huge colonies, tunnels can connect the original nest to several satellite groups. These outer colonies often contain females laying over 500 eggs annually. After six or seven years, multi-tiered colonies can contain as many as 60,000 members.

image of queen termite

Signs of a Colony

While foraging near homes, termites may build shelter tubes that connect the nest to wood. These tunnels often appear on house walls or foundations and can mark the location of hidden termite nests.

Getting Rid of Termite Nests

Because the pests’ underground colonies can be vast as well as hard to find, termite nest removal is best left to professionals. If evidence of termite activity appears around the home, call Western Pest for assistance.