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Subterranean termites, Family Rhinotermitidae, are the most common type of termite found throughout the United States. Subterranean termites are well known for building their distinctive tunnels in order to obtain food supplies and provide protection for the colony. Subterranean termites jaws resemble a sharp pair of scissors and they put them to use chewing through wood 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Just like all their termite cousins, Subterranean termites diet consists entirely of cellulose, the binding polysaccharide found in plants and trees. Hence why they love chewing on your home! Typically, subterranean termites swarm during the spring months as it marks the beginning of a new reproductive season, where the reproductive termites leave to begin new colonies elsewhere.

While subterranean termites live “underground” they can be primarily found in moist, secluded areas above ground. With that being said, their colonies reside underground, containing as many as two million termites.

The biggest threats Subterranean termites pose to humans are financial. Subterranean termites are without a doubt the most destructive species of termite. Over time, a colony can easily collapse an entire building. Therefore it is vital to stay proactive when dealing with termites. The best practice is to schedule recurring pest control inspections to ensure that you will never have a colony blossoming under your home.  If you suspect your home may already be under attack from termites, contact a professional pest control company immediately to address the infestation. Act as quickly as you can because every second you wait is another bite taken out of your home.