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A termite or white soldier ant is isolated on a white background. The insect is displayed horizontally across the image. The head, thorax and abdomen of the soldier termite can be seen. The termite is a golden color, and it has six limbs. The termite has antennae and black pinchers around its mouth, extending from his head. The abdomen of the soldier termite is ridged, and its waist is tapered in. The head is the widest part of the termite's body. Its back legs are the longest, and they are bent in the middle.

Quick Stats:

Color: Creamy white to dark brown/black
Shape: Long, Narrow, and Oval
Size: 1/8 inch long
Region: Found throughout the U.S.
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Subterranean termites build distinctive tunnels, often referred to as “mud tubes,” to reach food sources and protect themselves from open air. They use their scissor-like jaws to eat wood 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Like other termite species, subterranean termites also feed on products containing cellulose. Subterranean termites swarm in the spring when groups of reproductive termites go off to start new colonies.


Subterranean termites live in underground colonies with as many as two million members. They are also found in moist secluded areas above ground.


Subterranean termites are by far the most destructive termite species. 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. Over time, they can collapse a building entirely, meaning possible financial ruin for a homeowner.


Subterranean Termite Prevention

The best method of subterranean termite control is to 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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