Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termites in Tampa FL

What are subterranean termites?

Subterranean termites are social insects that live in colonies consisting of many individuals. The colonies are composed of workers, soldiers and reproductives. The workers, which are about 1/8" long, have no wings, are white to cream colored and very numerous. Soldiers defend the colony against insects like ants that can attack the colony. Soldiers are wingless and white in color with large brown heads and mandibles (jaws). King and queen termites perform the reproductive functions of the colony. They are dark brown to black in color and have two pairs of wings about twice the length of their body.

Signs of Subterranean termites include:

  • The presence of winged reproductives

  • Mud tubes

  • Wood damage

Why do I have termites?

termite worker in floridaSubterranean termites feed on wood or other items that contain cellulose, such as paper, fiberboard and some fabrics derived from cotton or plant fibers.  Termites in the wood of homes or other buildings usually come from colonies already established in the soil.  Peak swarming periods for subterranean termites are from January through May in Tampa, Jacksonville, Gainesville, and throughout Florida. They may also swarm to a lesser extent during the other months.  Learn more about drywood termites by clicking here.

Are they dangerous?

While they do not pose a health risk to humans, termites are capable of causing severe damage to your home’s structure and any wood by-products within. 

How do I get rid of them?

Getting rid of termites is a difficult task because colonies may be several feet from the structure and termites are masters at avoiding detection until they’ve caused extensive damage.  If you have a termite problem or want to make sure your home is termite free, McCall Service is ready to help. We’ll evaluate your problem and provide a free estimate.

How soon can you get here?

At McCall Service we take all pest problems seriously and are committed to helping you as soon as possible.  In most cases we can respond the same or very next day.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Termite problems are hard to prevent without the help of a professional.  Contacting McCall Service is the ideal way to keep your property termite free.

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