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How to Identify Subterranean Termite Nests

Worker termites require plenty of moisture and dry out easily when exposed to air. For this reason, the pests spend most of their lives underground or below the surface of wood. As such, homeowners rarely notice subterranean termite nests before serious damage occurs.

The good news is that this isn’t always the case. To get from their colonies to sources of food, the insects build tubes made of mud and feces. Residents can look for these tunnels on basement walls or wooden posts and along door or window sills. Finding them confirms that a subterranean termite nest exists nearby.

Problems with Handling Nests

Unfortunately, dealing with subterranean termite nests is no easy task. Colonies may grow to reach hundreds of thousands of members and tunnel as deep as 18 to 20 feet underground. Not only is finding and reaching a single nest difficult, but an established infestation may have many connected nesting sites across the whole yard.

Next Steps

Since these pests cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damages, it’s better to respond to infestations sooner rather than later. Homeowners who suspect a subterranean termite colony on their property can contact Western Pest Services. Our technicians have years of experience that helps them deal with termite nests efficiently.