What to Know About Eastern Subterranean Termites

Among the many pests that New Jersey pest control professionals deal with, termites are one of the most common. Eastern subterranean termites are the species that invade homes in NJ. Learn more about this kind of termite, including how to identify them.

Physical Description

Eastern subterranean termites live in large colonies underground. These colonies include workers, reproductive, and soldiers. Worker termites are a creamy-white color and can live up to 5 years. These termites are the ones who damage wood while chewing through it and feeding on cellulose. Soldier termites have yellowish heads with large jaws and an elongated shape. Queen and king termites are a black or dark brown color and have wings, which they use to swarm.

Signs of Subterranean Termite Damage

Subterranean termites aren’t often seen in homes, so it’s important to check for other signs of their presence. These termites leave holes in wood with a messy appearance, such as piles of sawdust. Eastern subterranean termites also make mud tubes that connect to home foundations or other exterior surfaces. They use these tubes to enter and exit homes in order to feed on wood. You should have your home inspected if you see any possible signs of subterranean termite damage. This helps lower the risk of having widespread damage occur in your home, which can lead to structural problems.

If you have a termite problem, please contact Allison Pest Control. Our New Jersey pest control experts can treat your home for subterranean termites.

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