Analyzing the Eastern Subterranean Termite

The Eastern subterranean termite is the most destructive species of termite in Oklahoma. With a distribution range covering southern Ontario and the entire Eastern half of the United States, this species Is the most common destructive termite nationally. In Oklahoma, Broken Arrow and Tulsa are both considered high risk.

Annually, the Eastern subterranean termite causes millions of dollars of damage. It is estimated that nearly 1 in 5 homes located within a high-risk area currently have these termites or will in the future. Because of the damages this species causes, they are considered a serious economic pest.

In southern areas, will typically swarm during the spring following rain. The size of these swarms can often reach levels in the thousands depending on how established the existing colony is. During a swarm, termites will mate, shed their wings and then begin their own colonies, further adding to the number of termites infesting the area.

Within the caste of this termite species, only the worker termite can digest timber. To feed other members of the colony, the worker termites will regurgitate, or defecate, partly digested food for others to consume. This process is known as trophallaxis and can be seen in colonies of ants, wasps and bees as well.

Because the Eastern subterranean termite follows this feeding method, termite baiting can be very effective. Innovations like the Sentricon System will lure these termites and upon feeding, help eliminate the colony over time. This will also impact the queen of the colony during feeding and grooming behaviors.

When the Eastern subterranean termite is disturbed they will often abandon their current colony and establish a new one. These survival instincts make it important to consult professional pest control help. By utilizing the service of Arrow Exterminators, you can help minimize the threat of more extensive damage in your home or business.


If you are dealing with a termite problem at your home or business, give us a call at 1 (800) 390-8626 to start a no-obligation termite evaluation. The talented technicians at Arrow Exterminators can identify any type of pest and the best course of treatment to get rid of it. We’ll create a custom pest control plan to make sure we eliminate every single one from your home and keep them away for good!

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