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Because they live underground, subterranean termites can infest a home for years before residents realize there is a problem. Though termite damage is slow to build, it eventually becomes catastrophic. Finding a subterranean termite infestation early is key to avoiding costly damage.

Common Signs of Subterranean Termites

Winged Termites

Winged reproductive swarmers emerge from their nests in late winter and spring. Homeowners are far more likely to see these termites than workers, which avoid light. Since the insects shed their wings after finding a mate, cast-off wings around windows and doors are also a sign of subterranean termites.

However, people often mistake termite swarmers for flying ants. To tell the two apart, people should remember that:

  • Termites have wider waists than ants.
  • Ant antennae are L-shaped, while termite antenna eare straight.
  • A flying ant has four wings that differ in length but are about the same size as its body. All four termite wings are equal length and twice as long as the pest itself.

Mud Tubes

Another typical sign of subterranean termites is the presence of mud tubes. These tan tunnels provide the pests with cover as they travel between the soil and wood. Termites build their shelter tubes on concrete walls, wood supports, and areas around doors or windows.

Subterranean Termite Removal

These insects have complex underground colonies and create problems that homeowners struggle to handle on their own. If residents fail to completely remove termites, the results can be disastrous. The staff at Western Pest Services has extensive knowledge about dealing with these destructive pests.