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Answering Commonly Asked Questions About Subterranean Termites

How do subterranean termite colonies start?

Subterranean termite colonies start with swarmers. Swarmers are winged, reproductive termites that are spawned by mature colonies. These swarmers fly out of their original colonies, mate, and then they start their own nests. This is how a subterranean termite colony starts. However, infestations start in a different way. Subterranean termites live in underground colonies, and in order to find food, they send out scouts to search the area for wood that is suitable for consumption. If they find this wood in your home, the infestation process begins.

Can termite infestations be treated DIY?

Termite infestations can be very hard to treat without specialized equipment, especially when you are dealing with subterranean termites. There are however situations in which DIY treatments could be effective. For example, if you are dealing with a small drywood termite infestation, you can use a localized treatment to remove it.

Are termite treatments dangerous?

Most termite treatments involve the use of termiticides, which are poisonous chemicals that kill termites. While these chemicals can be toxic to humans and animals, there is very little danger to the inhabitants of the home when they are handled by a pro. The more toxic treatments, such as fumigation, are always accompanied by instructions, and the pest control team that you hire will guide you on what you need to do to be completely safe.

What are the different treatment options available against termites?

There are four main treatment options that can be used against termites. Two of them are effective against subterranean termite colonies, and two of them target drywood and dampwood termite infestations. Chemical barriers and baiting systems are used against subterranean termites, and they are designed to either cut off the termite colony from the home, or destroy the colony. Localized treatments and fumigation are used against termites that build their colonies inside the wood of the home. The pest control pro will instruct you on which treatment is appropriate for your situation after performing an inspection.

These are some of the most common questions that we are asked about subterranean termites. If you have any more questions, you can get in touch with us directly and we will gladly answer them for you. You can also contact us today if you suspect that you have a termite infestation, and we will send someone over to perform an inspection asap.