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Subterranean Termites

Termites from a Home in Tennessee

Family Rhinotermitidae

Color Creamy Brown
Legs Six
Shape Long, Narrow, Oval
Size 1/8"
Antennae Yes
Flight Yes

Subterranean termites live in underground colonies or in moist secluded areas aboveground that can contain up to 2 million members. They build distinctive "mud tubes" to gain access to food sources and to protect themselves from open air.

Termite colonies are organized into castes depending on tasks -- workers, soldiers and reproductives. The characteristics of a subterranean termite are dependent on the termite's role in the colony. Cream-colored Worker subterranean termites are 1/8 to 3/8's of an inch in length. Soldier subterranean termites are of a similar body length, but are distinguished by their powerful mandibles. Solider termites have cream-colored bodies and brown heads. Reproductive subterranean termites are approximately one inch long.

Habits

Subterranean termites live underground and build tunnels, referred to as mud tubes, to reach food sources. Like other termite species, they feed on products containing cellulose. Subterranean termites swarm in the spring -- groups of reproductive termites go off to start new colonies.

Habitat

Subterranean termites need contact with the soil to survive and live underground. They can build tunnels through cracks in concrete.

Threats

Subterranean termites are by far the most destructive species. They can collapse a building entirely, meaning possible financial ruin for a homeowner. The hard, saw-toothed jaws of termites work like shears and are able to bite off extremely small fragments of wood, one piece at a time.

Subterranean Termites can be found in all 50 states.

Prevention

Avoid water accumulation near your home's foundation. Divert water away with properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks. Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation. Never bury wood scraps or waste lumber in the yard. Most importantly, eliminate wood contact with the soil. Maintain a one-inch gap between the soil and wood portions of the building.

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Serving TN including the Greater Cookeville area
Our Tennessee Service Area
Cities in Bedford County, TN
Bell Buckle
Normandy
Shelbyville
Unionville
Wartrace

Cities in Cannon County, TN
Auburntown
Bradyville
Readyville
Woodbury

Cities in Coffee County, TN
Beechgrove
Hillsboro
Manchester
Tullahoma

Cities in Dekalb County, TN
Alexandria
Dowelltown
Liberty
Smithville

Cities in Grundy County, TN
Altamont
Beersheba Springs
Coalmont
Gruetli Laager
Palmer

Cities in Putnam County, TN
Baxter
Buffalo Valley
Cookeville
Silver Point

Cities in Rutherford County, TN
Christiana
Lascassas
Milton
Murfreesboro

Cities in Smith County, TN
Hickman
Lancaster

Cities in Van Buren County, TN
Spencer

Cities in Warren County, TN
Mcminnville
Morrison
Rock Island

Cities in White County, TN
Doyle
Quebeck
Sparta
Walling

Our Locations:

Ameri Care Services, Inc.
526 S Walnut St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
1-615-246-0981

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