Subterranean Termite Damage: They’re Small but Mighty!

How about this for a cold hard fact?

Some species of subterranean termites can consume 15 pounds of wood per week.

No matter how much your house weighs, that’s a considerable loss.

Termites = damage

Here in Florida, we’re generally worried about the the Formosan Subterranean Termite, which was accidentally introduced into a number of port cities in the southern and southeastern United States shortly after World War II, their colonies are, on average, larger than colonies of native subterranean termites.

Due to their wood-eating habits, the termite can do great damage to unprotected buildings and other wooden structures. Their habit of remaining concealed often results in their presence being undetected until the timbers are severely damaged and exhibit surface changes.

And it gets worse:

Once termites have entered a building, they do not limit themselves to wood; they also damage:

  • paper,
  • cloth,
  • carpets, and
  • other cellulosic materials.

Particles taken from soft plastics, plaster, rubber, and sealants such as silicone rubber and acrylics are often employed in construction.

They’re hungry little things.

And there are a lot of them. The termites on Earth outweigh the humans on Earth. And I thought I had to lay off the donuts!

These things got legs.

They’ve been reproducing on Earth for more than 200 million years. Can you say your great great great great (etc.) grandfather knew a T-Rex?

They are able to cause so much damage since the colonies use a decentralized, self-organized systems of activity guided by swarm intelligence to exploit food sources and environments that could not be available to any single insect acting alone.

So if you have one termite, you have its entire family.

It’s so important to detect termite damage early and get it under control because it happens from the inside out. If the wood in your house sounds dull when hit with a hammer, there may be termite activity inside.

Let us help you with our termite control before the damage becomes too costly to fix.

Give us a call today at (800) 314-8813, or visit the Termite Control, Protection, Service page on our web site for more information.

– Keith