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Subterranean Termite

Actual Size: 10 mm

Characteristics: Brownish-black to black body, translucent milky wings.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Alates/swarmers have wings.

Habitat: Live in mud tubes built by the colony. Need contact with moist soil to survive.


  • Considered the most damaging termite species in the nation.
  • Termites live underground, consuming wood that contacts the soil.
  • Subterranean termites cause over $5 billion in damage to homes annually.

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Subterranean Termites in Kailua Kona

Subterranean Termites are the most pervasive and disastrous termite species in the nation. Of this group, the most common wood-destroying subspecies include the eastern subterranean, the western subterranean, and the Formosan subterranean termite. What attracts termites to wood is the element of cellulose, which is a structural component in the cells of plants. With this in mind, wood materials in the home, such as beams and floors are a source of food. Infestations of termites are incredibly difficult to detect as termites hide themselves very well and damage is often out of sight.

Subterranean Termite Habitat

Subterranean termites eat plant materials and dwell underground. To travel above ground, these termites build tunnels to protect them from the fresh air (which is too dry for their survival), and from predators. They work at a direct line from their underground colony to the wood (on your property) that they are feeding on. These tunnels are called “mud tubes” and are quite obvious to notice when envisioning a mud tunnel. Seeing these mud tubes is a likely indicator that termites are present and should be addressed immediately.

Subterranean Termite Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Since homes are constructed with a substantial amount of wood, homes are an attractive food source for termites. By the time signs of an infestation begin to show, it may be several years worth of damage. If left unaddressed, a termite infestation has the potential to completely destroy the structure of a home. Any time you see discarded wings or swarming termites, it is imperative to investigate promptly to see if you have termites taking residence in your home. To prevent or control a subterranean termite infestation, it’s important to enlist the help of a professional termite exterminator.