Subterranean Termites in Santa Clara County2020-03-03T15:47:08-08:00

Subterranean Termites

Along with drywood termites, subterranean termites are the main insect responsible for damage to structures. If left undetected, subterranean termites can tunnel up from the soil along the foundation and damage the wood structure of your home. Thrasher Termite & Pest Control is expert in subterranean termite identification, treatment, and damage repairs. We consistently receive the highest ratings in customer satisfaction and are the #1 termite company recommended by real estate professionals. Make Thrasher Termite & Pest Control your first call when you suspect subterranean termites.

Subterranean Termite Identification

Subterranean termite colonies live live underground in a network of chambers and tunnels used for storing food and raising their young (larvae). Since these colonies are underground, they are often impossible to locate. However, mud shelter tubes are a telltale sign that subterranean termites have invaded your home.

In order to protect themselves from desiccation and predation from ants while foraging above ground, termites build long tubes out of mud and fecal material. Termite workers travel back and forth inside these tubes between the soil and the structure above ground. These mud tubes are called exploratory tubes. Termite exploratory tubes are very easy to see and are one of the best ways to identify a potential termite infestation. Once a source of wood has been located, the termites establish larger, more permanent utility or working tubes. The utility tubes are highways running from the underground termite galleries directly to the food source. –Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension

subterranean termite mud shelters--Thrasher Termite Pest Control Santa Clara and San Diego Counties

Subterranean Termite Mud Shelters, or Tubes

subterranean termite tube Thrasher Termite & Pest Control

Subterranean termite tubes can look like hollow sesame sticks. They are about the same size and same color.

Subterranean Termites are about 1/8 inch long.

Subterranean Termites are about 1/8 inch long. Subterranean termite swarmers have a black body and grayish wings. They look similar to winged ants.

Controlling Subterranean Termites

Thrasher Termite & Pest Control controls subterranean termites by baiting, by applying a liquid soil treatment, or both. Your termite inspector is best able to discuss the best treatment for your situation.

Subterranean Termites in Fences

Don’t rely on pressure treatment to protect your fence from termites. The best way to ensure your fence is not destroyed by subterranean termites is to eliminate wood to soil contact. Subterranean termite colonies live in the ground. Worker termites cannot last long outside of their soil or wood tunnels. Keep wood away from the soil to thwart subterranean termites. Attach fence posts to concrete piers set above the soil surface. Keep soil, leaves, and mulch away from fence posts and the base of the fence.

This advice will keep subterranean termites away from your house: keep soil, leaves, and mulch below the concrete footer of your house, and definitely away from any wood siding. Do not attach wood fences or gates to your house. Every three years, order a complete termite inspection of your home from a licensed pest control company such as Thrasher Termite & Pest Control. For more information about subterranean termites in fences (and photos!) read this.

Subterranean Termite Damage

Further Reading

Frequently Asked Questions about Termites

What do termite droppings (AKA frass, poop, fecal pellets) look like? When you see small brown and tan piles of dry material, about the consistency of course coffee grounds, suspect drywood termites. (Subterranean termites do [...]

Subterranean Termite Bait Study–Update

It's been three months since we last installed new subterranean termite monitoring blocks at Site 1 in San Jose. You'll be surprised by the difference 90 days make. Recap: Thrasher Termite & Pest Control is [...]

Termite Damage in Hardwood Floor

Do termites eat hardwood floors? Yes! Termite damage in hardwood floors may appear as small holes, or channels, the size of a dot made by a Sharpie. Termite damage to hardwood floors is often [...]

Termite Coloring Page Free Download

This free downloadable Termite Coloring Page for adults and kids commissioned by Thrasher Termite & Pest Control depicts termite swarmers, also called winged termites, or termite reproductives. Please enjoy and share. We'd love to see [...]