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When you hear about termites, you may think of little creatures that hide under the house and eat the wood in your home. You may know they can cause a lot of damage to properties. But what you may not know is that there are several species of termites, and each one is unique. Subterranean termites are one type that you should be aware of.

What are Subterranean Termites?

There are three categories of these termites based on the work they do. The worker, the soldier and the swarmers play integral roles in the colony to keep it healthy and functioning.

The subterranean worker termite will unlikely be seen by you or your family. They are so named because they spend their entire lives in dark tunnels that they have created. They don’t have eyes because they have no need to see. However, they can tell when they are in light and will seek to find dark as quickly as possible because they know they are in danger.

While there is one king as well as a primary queen who lays eggs and rules the colony, other queens also help with reproduction. Young swarmers have the job of finding a new home and creating new colonies. They do have eyes to see where they need to go to build a home.

The workers and soldiers don’t have wings because they never leave the colony. They spend their entire lives underground, working 24 hours a day eating wood.

How to Detect the Presence of Subterranean Termites

Since these pests live underground, you won’t likely see them. However, they leave evidence of their presence if you know what to look for. You may see mud tubes or tunnels along the outside of the home where they travel. If you have soft wood that sounds hollow or bubbling paint, you may have these termites. You may also notice wings around the doors or window sills to indicate a new colony has taken up space in your home.

It is critical to get professional help to remove these pests. They cause billions of damage in properties every year. You don’t want to wait until you notice a problem because it will be much more expensive to fix. It’s always a good idea to get an inspection and have the pros check for termites. You can call All Natural Pest Elimination for a free inspection at 877-662-8449. Get the issue taken care of before it costs you thousands of dollars in repairs.