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The prevention and treatment of subterranean termite infestations are crucial to avoid significant damage to wooden structures caused by these insects. Subterranean termites construct tunnels in the soil beneath a property. These tunnels extend from the soil to the wood, providing them access to a home.

Additionally, they can enter wooden structures through cracks or crevices in the foundation or concrete foundations by constructing mud tubes. If left untreated, these pests can establish colonies on a property, gnaw through the wood, and compromise the structural stability of a building.

Hiring professional services from a licensed pest control company that can provide effective treatments and recommend preventative measures to safeguard the property is necessary to address the issue. With suitable preventive measures and timely treatments, homeowners can protect their property from termite damage and ensure the safety and stability of their structures.


To identify subterranean termites, one can look for their distinctive physical characteristics. This insect has a long, thin, and oval-shaped body ranging in colour from creamy white to dark brown or black. In addition, their size typically ranges from 32mm to 2.5cm long, and they have six legs and two straight antennae.

One distinguishing feature of subterranean termites is that the alates or swarmers have wings, which sets them apart from other termites. By recognising these identifying features, individuals can locate subterranean termites and respond appropriately to address potential infestations.

The growth and development of subterranean termites vary among species and castes. However, the primary queen in a colony can produce tens of thousands of eggs throughout her life.

The reproductive caste includes the king and queen, swarmers (also known as alates), nymphs, and supplementary reproductive members. A new colony is established when winged alates leave their parent colony to mate and find a new settling location.

After their mating flight, both male and female alates shed their wings and excavate a chamber near a source of wood. Subterranean termites usually swarm on warm, sunny days with little wind. However, some species may prefer to swarm at night.

Subterranean termites reside in underground colonies and build tunnels to reach their food. They construct mud tubes that extend above ground to access their food sources. These termites need moisture to survive and thrive in damp environments.

Subterranean termites can cause significant damage to buildings due to their ability to chew through wood with their saw-toothed jaws. A small colony of around 60,000 workers can consume up to five grams of wood daily.
This can weaken the structure of a building and potentially lead to its collapse. In addition, termite colonies can go unnoticed for long periods, allowing them to grow and cause extensive damage that requires costly repairs.

Subterranean Termite Treatment

If left untreated, subterranean termite infestations can cause significant damage to your property. Therefore, seeking professional pest control services is essential to identify and eliminate established colonies and prevent future infestations. Various methods, including baiting, trapping, and chemical treatments, can effectively control termites and protect your property.

Baiting is a popular method for controlling subterranean termites as it eliminates the entire colony before any damage occurs. However, it can be slow acting. Chemical barriers treatments such as termiticides can also be applied to wood surfaces to prevent further infestations.

It is crucial to seek professional assistance when dealing with subterranean termite control. Professionals have the knowledge and expertise required for safe and effective results. At Tom’s Pest Control Canberra, we offer comprehensive property inspections to determine the level of infestation and create a customised treatment plan for your home or business. Then, we carry out extermination with care to ensure no harm is caused to you or the environment.

Contact Us Today

If you suspect your property has been infested with subterranean termites, please contact us today. Our termite experts team of can provide the best solution to eliminate these pests and safeguard your home from further invasions. So, call us now to schedule an appointment and protect your property from the damages caused by subterranean termite infestations.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How does subterranean termite control service work?

Subterranean termite control service typically involves an initial inspection of the property to identify the extent of the infestation. Then, a licensed pest control company will recommend and apply treatments, such as chemical barriers or baiting systems, to eliminate the termites and prevent future infestations.

How can I prevent subterranean termite infestations in the future?

Preventative measures to avoid subterranean termite infestations include reducing moisture around your home’s foundation, removing wood debris and other cellulose-based materials from around the property, and having regular inspections and treatments by a professional pest control company.

How long does subterranean termite control take?

The length of subterranean termite control depends on the extent of the infestation and the control method used. It can take several weeks or months to eliminate a subterranean termite colony.

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