Eastern Subterranean Termites

Color
Creamy white; grayish
Shape
Oval
Antennae
Yes
Region
Found throughout the U.S.
Legs
Six
Size
1/8th inch
Flying
Rare winged swarms
Eastern Subterranean Termites

Habits: Eastern subterranean termites feed on weed cellulose and timber. Their presence typically goes unnoticed for lengthy periods of time, while inside of the structure, damage is caused.

Habitat: Eastern subterranean termites can be found in trim work, subflooring, flooring, and wood structuring near or below ground level.

Threats: The eastern subterranean termites are considered a serious timber threat. Homes are often considered the biggest investment a person will make. A termite infestation could be devastating and is oftentimes not covered by a homeowner’s insurance. The National Pest Management Association has documented $5 billion in termite damage each year.

Prevention: Wondering how to prevent eastern subterranean termites? There are precautions you can take to lessen the risks of infestation. Start with reducing any soil or mulch contact around your house. Remove wood, lumber, mulch, cardboard, etc. from around the foundation to create a barrier along your home. It can also help to make sure storm drains are away from your home, to lessen the soil dampness. Minimize other sources of excess moisture such as leaky faucets, as it creates conditions for termites to invade.