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Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites are the most common pests infesting structural timber. They tend to inhabit beach towns and are not seen again as far to the east as Shelton and the Olympia area.


Subterranean termites vary in size and are much smaller than Dampwood termites. Winged forms are about 3/8 inches long and the wingless workers and soldiers are 3/16 - 1/4 inches long. Termites develop from eggs laid by primary or secondary reproductives. The nymphs proceed through several molts. During this part of their life cycle they can develop into either a worker, a soldier, primary (winged) reproductives or secondary (wingless) reproductives.

Subterranean termite colonies are always located in the soil. From the soil, they build mud tubes that stretch out like veins until reaching your home's wooden foundation. Since subterranean termites must return to their nest in the soil, any wood structure is a potential site of invasion.

Indications of subterranean termite infestations include the presence of "mud" tubes, fecal pellets clumped in their galleries, and tapping sounds, which soldier termites make when disturbed inside the wood.

Preventative Treatment & Control

Subterranean Termite treatments are designed to establish a barrier between the subsoil nest and the house. At Eradipest our treatment consists of a thorough application of a termiticide to all soil areas that are in direct contact to the structure. The soil around the structure is normally trenched or rodded, providing a protective barrier between the soil and the house. This process is also done around the foundation's support posts and plumbing areas. In occasions where concrete porches or patio slabs are adjacent to walls, the concrete must be drilled to apply the chemical.

We specialize in termite control offering the best EPA approved materials to ensure the elimination of the termite infestation as well as utilizing environment friendly practices. Call our office for a free onsite estimate at 888 881 7333.

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