FAQs about Subterranean Termites from Steve's Termite and Pest Control in Sarasota, FL

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termite colonies can have up to 2 million members! Their colonies are divided into three groups: workers, soldiers and reproductives. Diet

Termites eat wood, wallpaper, plastics and fabric made from plants.


Subterranean termites need contact with the soil to survive. They live in underground colonies or in wet areas aboveground. They build tunnels to reach food and every spring, groups of reproductive termites fly off to start new colonies.


Subterranean termites are the most destructive kind of termite. They can eat a lot of wood and they can cause a lot of expensive damage to a house! They can destroy building foundations, wooden support beams, plastic plumbing pipes, sub-flooring, insulation ... even swimming pool liners and filtration systems! Termites can also injure or destroy living trees and shrubs.


Don't let water pool around your home's foundation. Termites like that! Never leave wood scraps in the yard for them to snack on.