Subterranean Termites – Just How Bad Are These Guys?

Subterranean termites live in underground colonies or in moist secluded areas above ground that can contain up to 2 million members. They are by far the most destructive species of termite. They can collapse a building entirely, meaning possible financial ruin for a homeowner. The hard, saw-toothed jaws of termites work like shears and are able to bite off extremely small fragments of wood, one piece at a time. These termites eat 24 hours a day, every day.

So just how much damage can they cause?  Here are a few scary facts from Dow, manufacturer of the Sentricon System, about how destructive the subterranean termite can be:

  1. In the United States alone, an estimated $5 billion in termite-related property damage occurs annually
  2. More than 5 million homes in the United States have some type of termite problem each year
  3. Termites are found in every state except Alaska
  4. Termite damage is more common than damage caused by fires, storms and earthquakes
  5. Termite damage is rarely covered by homeowners insurance
  6. Termites live in underground colonies and tunnel to wood sources — trees, buildings or any source of cellulose
  7. A termite colony can number from the thousands to millions
  8. Worker termites feed on wood and then feed the rest of the colony by regurgitating
  9. The termites on Earth outweigh the humans on Earth
  10. Worker termites forage randomly and continuously for food, sometimes traveling up to 350 feet from the colony, and can thoroughly cover a territory up to a half acre in size
  11. Termites are the second-largest natural source of methane, a greenhouse gas
  12. Termites have survived since the days of the dinosaurs

Have you had your annual termite inspection?  Don’t wait – termites could be destroying your home now without you even knowing it!