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Spring Hill, Wesley Chapel, and New Port Richey Termite Control

What are Subterranean Termites?

Subterranean termites are social insects that normally live in the ground. They eat wood and other cellulose material. Their colonies consist of workers who eat and digest the wood and feed the other members of the colony. The colonies also have soldiers, kings, and queens. These colony members cannot feed themselves and are entirely dependent on the workers for their survival. This is true for both subterranean termites and drywood termites. The professional termite exterminators from BugX Exterminators offer termite control throughout Spring Hill, Brooksville, Weeki Wachee, Dade City, Land O' Lakes, New Port Richey, Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, Crystal River, Homosassa, Inverness and the surrounding areas.

Why should I consider BugX Exterminators for termite control?

  • Termites can be actively feeding on your structure for 3 to 5 years before you know they are there.
  • They only need a crack 1/32nd of an inch wide to get into your home.
  • In Florida, there are 13 Subterranean Termite colonies per acre. Subterranean Termites will find your home.
  • Termites can do tens of thousands of dollars in damage
  • Termites are not covered under your homeowner’s insurance.

 

The workers randomly and continuously search for food, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to meet the demands of the colony. It is not known what guides termites to a food source such as the wood in your home. They have been shown to tunnel right by wood missing it by 2 millimeters. They are blind insect. However, as soon as they locate a food source, they mark it with a chemical marker known as a pheromone. This allows other members of the colony to find the food source. The workers will then build mud tubes or tunnels as super highways to and through the food source. No one knows why termites will build mud tubes straight up in the air to get to the bottom of a house. They just do it.

When a colony matures, it sends out winged reproductives to start new colonies. This is known as a swarm and is usually the first indicator a homeowner has of a termite problem. It is estimated that subterranean termites will have been active in a structure for three to five years before they send out their first swarm. That means that they have been eating your home for a long time before you know that they are there.

Subterranean termites have a use in nature. They turn old stumps and fallen wood back into soil. In Florida, it is estimated that there are 13 colonies of subterranean termites per acre. Our termite pressure is rate "Extremely High"!

Termites have more ways to enter your home than you do. Any crack that is 1/64th of an inch or larger, gives termites all the space they need to invade your home. This is why they do five times the amount of damage each year than fires and up to two times the amount of damage each year than storms.

The problem with subterranean termites in Hernando County, Citrus County, and Pasco County, is that we build our homes right on top of their homes. We remove much of their food source during construction and replace it with a structure that is full of cellulose material. Our homes then become their food source. They search for it 24/7 and when they find it, here is the potential result.

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