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SUBTERRANEAN TERMITES

Long Island, NY

Subterranean Termites have been common on Long Island for many years.  The best and most effective control or prevention of Termite Infestation is to avoid moisture accumulation in and around the foundation of the home.  Termites build mud tunnels or tubes in order to act as a "pathway" to food and water sources while protecting themselves from external elements. 
Termites:

  • The common termite found on Long Island is the Eastern Subterranean Termite (Reticulitermes Flavipes).

  • This Termite is grouped together with various other dampwood termites.

  • The Eastern Subterranean Termite is found in 3/4 of the United States and along the entire Eastern Seaboard.

  • Homes or structures made of wood are most susceptible to damage by termites, specifically in areas where the structure is in contact with the ground.

  • Other problem areas are where moisture is present.

  • This type of Termite typically swarms from March through May, although earlier swarms are possible in buildings where light or heat are present.

  • Soldier Termites are wingless, blind and soft bodied.  They are the defenders of the colonies, typically against ants.