facebooktwittergoogleplusyoutubelinked in blogstar

Skyline - an Environmental Pest Service Company


termite subterranean


Subterranean termites are the most common and destructive termite in the U.S. Interestingly, they are found in every state except Alaska. Subterranean, by definition, means "situated or operating beneath the earth's surface; underground." These insects make their home (a nest or colony) primarily in the soil or wood beneath the soil. They tunnel through the ground, searching for trees, brush and other decaying wood (preferred) found in nature. If this primary source is reduced or absent, termites look to other food sources, namely, your home.

In Georgia, studies show that there are 8-12 colonies of subterranean termites per acre. It is absolutely necessary to keep your home/property protected from this unwanted threat. The species that we most commonly deal with here is the Eastern Subterranean Termite. This termite feeds on cellulose, which is contained in wood and any product derived from wood: lumber, pallets, cardboard boxes, paper products, etc.

Eastern Subterranean termite colonies can range in size from 20,000 up to 5 million members. The colonies’ members are divided into castes, workers, soldiers and reproductive, (types of termites) each with different responsibilities. Worker termites are active 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and are responsible for colony construction and gathering of food. They are the termites that actually cause the damage. Soldier termites are responsible for defending the colony. The king and queen are responsible for marinating and growing colony population numbers. The queen is constantly laying eggs for her entire life span – which can be up to 20 years.

Signs of a termite infestation include earth-colored mud tubes (protective tunnels constructed by termites for travel), which are often found in damp basement corners, walls, wooden support beams, posts, doors and window trim, damaged wood and scattered, discarded wings on floors and window sills. Damage can range anywhere from pin-hole size to major structural damage to studs, joists, and sill plates. Another sign of a termite infestation is the appearance of winged termites in late March and April. These “swarmers” are potential kings and queens looking to mate and form new colonies. They typically emerge in kitchen and bath areas in slab homes – but could appear anywhere. They are harmless themselves but are a sign that a mature termite colony is in or near the structure. The presence of one or more of these signs indicates a termite infestation and immediate action should be taken to avoid further damage.

Moisture is a conducive condition that can create termite problems for your home.  All vehicles of water diversion away from the structure can drastically affect the degree of termite activity a structure may incur.  At Skyline, we offer education to our customers to help them understand the gravity of conducive conditions around their home.  This education is our way of helping the homeowner understand the potential causes of termite presence and hopefully help avoid termite damage altogether.  Keeping mulch and pine straw 6 to 8 inches from the structure’s foundation can be an effective measure of reducing moisture along the exterior perimeter of the home.  As mulch and pine straw prevent moisture in the soil from drying out, it also creates a harborage area for many household pests.  Termites will also gravitate towards these same moist areas, even if it is above the surface of the soil.  Having heavy or dense bushes along the structure’s foundation is another way that moisture is prohibited from drying.  These conditions can create a haven for new and continued termite presences.

Skyline Pest Solutions offers Total Termite Protection for residential and commercial properties, including builder services.  Contact us today and let Skyline help you protect your investment.


Get a FREE Estimate!

Short Form
Invalid Input
Invalid Input

 McDonough, GA
1745 Pennsylvania Ave.
McDonough, GA 30253
p: 678.432.5464
f: 678.432.5454

 Cumming, GA
307 Atlanta Rd.
Cumming, GA 30040
p: 770.844.6440
f: 770.844.9792

 Social Circle, GA
125 South Cherokee Rd.
Social Circle, GA 30025
p: 678.465.9003
f: 678.465.9012



Atlanta, GA
4025 Pleasantdale Rd., Suite 425
Atlanta, GA 30340
p: 770.458.3137
f: 770.458.3139



Buford, GA
4550 Atwater Ct.
Ste. 210

Buford, GA 30518
p: 770.476.0130



Marietta, GA
2152 Northwest Pkwy.
Ste. M

Marietta, GA 30067
p: 678.909.5626