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What do termites look like?

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Subterranean termites are the species of termite that is active on Long Island and throughout New York.  A subterranean termite colony is made up reproducers (or swarmers), workers, and soldiers.  Reproducers are winged termites and are most often seen swarming in the spring.  They have four wings, all equal in size.  Workers are pale, wingless termites and the ones that infest structures.  The soldiers are wingless with white bodies, rectangular yellow-brown heads (which are two times long than their width) and large mandibles, which lack teeth.

Termite behaviors

Subterranean termites feed on cellulose contained in wood, leaves and other organic matter.  Workers build mud tubes from their colonies located in the soil so that they can forage for food and they will infest structures if the opportunity arises.  Though they prefer damp or rotting wood, they will move on to lumber that is in good condition. 

Are termites dangerous?

Subterranean termites do not bite or sting and are not a threat to health.  Unfortunately, they are dangerous to a building’s structural integrity. Termite damage in the U.S. costs homeowners billions of dollars every year and is not generally covered by homeowner insurance. 

Can Suburban help with a termite problem?

Yes! Suburban Exterminating of Long Island is a leader in termite control and prevention.  As Authorized Operators of the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System, we offer Long Islanders a highly effective yet eco-friendly solution to termite infestations.  We also provide conventional termite treatments and offer a home pest control plan that bundles termites and common household pests.  To find out what option works best for your home (or business), schedule your free estimate today!

Termite prevention tips

  • Limit any soil to wood contact for structures that are located on your property.
  • Reduce moisture levels inside your home.
  • Fix or replace leaking pipes and fixtures.
  • Replace any water damaged wood in your home.
  • Make sure your gutters are working correctly and that water flows away from the foundation.



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