What, Exactly is a Subterranean Termite?

The Subterranean Termite has a face not even a mother could bear to love…

Here’s my first post of 5 Things You Need To Know About Subterranean Termites.  It’s also available as a free eBook on our Web Site at: www.LaruePest.com.

And though we all know it’s what’s on the inside that counts, as much as that Subterranean Termite you’ve been trying to compromise with tells you it loves you and will be good, HIS inside has some of your wall in it.

You’ve probably picked up that Subterranean Termites are not a good thing to have in your home and require termite control.

But why exactly?

To make the fact that they eat through your home worse, they are incredibly efficient at it.

Along with ants and some bees and wasps, termites separate labor among gender lines—making them sexist pigs who know how to divide and conquer to get the job done.

So, besides being quite scary looking under a microscope, and completely capable of destroying the home you love, they are NOT equal opportunity employers.

Not to mention this species is still living in a repressive caste system with a queen who’s so big that if she needs to move, it requires several hundred workers pushing at once.

She lays an egg every 15 seconds and could have her own reality TV show at that rate.

Then there are the workers who make up most of the Subterranean Termite population. Think of these guys like frat dudes. They party 24 hours a day foraging for food, chewing on cellulose, and then regurgitating it so that the queen and soldier termites can digest it.

The soldier termites ward of enemy ant colonies.

These are not peaceful beings. They are also relentless.

A colony is stealthy and keeps itself hidden very well through dark tunnels in the soil and into wooden frames of buildings consuming their food of choice, cellulose.

To date, there are about 2,600 of 4,000 species are taxonomically known making them mysterious yet prolific beasts of nature. It’s the eastern Subterranean and Formosan here in Florida that keeps us in business, though.

The cherry on top of this massive termite mound of information is that they cost money in the damage they do to homes. The eastern Subterranean and Formosan are especially abudnant in subtropical and tropical regions i.e. Southwest Florida including Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres and Bonita Springs.

Like all of Mother Nature’s creatures, they do accomplish some good as their recycling of wood and other plant matter is of considerable ecological importance….But not when it’s your home!

Like a large Mafia family, these creatures stick together to get the job done and are more often than out incredibly successful at it.

With Spring being the season of the termite, be prepared. Protect your home from termites.

Or if you think you already have a problem, take control of it by contacting us at (800) 330-3323, or learning more about Termite Control.

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If you need assistance, please feel free to contact us, or give us a call at (800) 314-8813 – we’re happy to help!