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Subterranean Termites

In most cases, to control subterranean termites, it is often a large expense to the consumer. Therefore, we believe this expense should be considered carefully.

First, a subterranean termite lives in the soil. However, subterranean termites are known to build “mud tubes” in order to enter a structure or to consume cellulose/wood. In most cases, they build their mud tubes in between tiny cracks in the concrete base of a home or under a structure.

There are several factors to consider when dealing with subterranean termites- i.e.

moisture, size of the colony, time of year, and more. This helps in determining how fast

they can damage a structure. One key factor to consider is that subterranean termites

typically work slowly. It is known that smaller subterranean termite colonies can

consume up to 4-6 inches of a 2×4 in a little over a year. We highly recommend that you

DO NOT rush into a contract with any pest control company until you can thoroughly

research what is being offered to you.

We are proud to be linked up with Ensystex in order to offer their line of subterranean

termite preventative baiting system, Exterra. The Exterra Subterranean Termite

Preventative Baiting System far exceeds its competition by allowing for less disturbance

to the colony plus much more. This is important when controlling the colony. Call us for

more details: 239-877-4041. We also offer several other solutions to your subterranean

termite problem(s).

Subterranean Termites are social insects that live in colonies consisting of many

individuals. The colonies are composed of workers, soldiers, and reproductives. The

workers are very small, 1/8th of an inch, have no wings, are white to cream colored and

very numerous. Soldiers defend the colony against insects, like ants, that can attack the

colony. Soldiers are wingless and white in color with large brown heads. King and

Queen Termites perform the reproductive functions of the colony. They are dark brown

to black in color.

Subterranean Termites, as the name suggests, live in the soil, in most cases.

Subterranean Termites are an important part of our environment. In a natural setting,

this type of termite recycles dead trees back into the soil. Without the termite, our

forests would be littered with dead trees as wood “rot” cannot break the dead trees

down fast enough. The termite sees the wood in your home as just another food source.

If the wood of your home does not contact the soil, they can build mud tunnels or tubes

to reach the wood several feet above the ground. These mud tunnels can extend for 50-

60 feet to reach wood and often enter a structure through expansion joints in concrete

slabs or where utilities enter the home. The main portion of the termite colony stays in

the ground and the foraging worker termites come into a home through cracks in the

concrete, as small as 1/64th of an inch, a dimes width. Once inside, they will eat the

wood and bring it back to the nest in the ground as food to the termites remaining in the


Subterranean termites feed on wood or other items that contain cellulose, such as

paper, fiberboard, and some fabrics derived from cotton or plant fibers. Subterranean

Termites are often difficult to detect. Detection can be from the presence of winged

reproductives, mud tubes on the sides of your home, or seeing wood damage.

The control of subterranean termites is often a major expense and like any other

household expense should be carefully considered. An important point to remember is

that Subterranean Termites work SLOWLY! There are many variables when considering

how fast or slow a termite colony will damage a home. A small colony can typically eat

six inches of a wooden 2X4 board in one year. You do not need to rush into an

agreement with a firm before you thoroughly investigate all your alternatives.

Certified Pest Control can control all types of termites for you economically. Let our

experienced termite inspectors come and evaluate if you have a termite problem or some

other form of damage. If it is termites, we can offer different types of services to

correct the infestation. Certified Pest Control offers long term protection with our in

ground termite baiting systems if you plan to keep you home, or traditional liquid

treatments for a 5- or 7-year protection.

Swarming (Flying) Subterranean Termites

During the spring of each year, the Subterranean Termites produce winged swarmers.

The purpose of these swarmers is to fly up onto the air, find a mate and start a new

colony. After mating, both the male and the female land on a suitable nesting area, and

lose their wings. When they swarm into your home, in most cases, they cannot do any

damage to your home. To start a nest, Subterranean Termites need a moist, wet, or

rotten wood. Unless you have one of those conditions the swarmer termites cannot hurt

you. Swarmer termites are attracted to light when they emerge from the colony. They

may be found in windowsills or around your TV or ceiling lights. Try not to spray these

termite swarmers. They will die within a few hours if no moist wooden nesting area is

found. You can use a vacuum to rid yourself of these nuisance pests.

Subterranean Termites are extremely prevalent here in Florida. It’s not if you will get a

termite problem, it is when will you get a termite problem. The University of Florida

states that, 2/3’s of all new homes in Florida will have a termite problem within 5 years.

To protect your home, have a FREE TERMITE INSPECTION performed yearly by

Certified Pest Control. Then consider one of our economical protective Subterranean

Termite services to protect your valuable home from unwanted damage and stress.

Call Certified Pest Control today for a FREE TERMITE INSPECTION and a complete

explanation and free estimate for any of our services. Remember, when thinking pest

control think Certified Pest Control – Your Certified Pest Professional!

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