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TERMITES

The following are facts about termites;

  • Termites have been around since the time of the dinosaurs!
  • Termite colonies eat non-stop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week!
  • Termites have wings that they shed once they have found a good place to build a nest.
  • Termites cause up to $2 billion in damage per year!
  • All Termites are social insects and raise their young as a group.
  • The total weight of all of the termites in the world is more than the weight of all the humans in the world.

Dampwood termites

Dampwood termites are normally larger in size than other termite species. Like Drywood Termites, Dampwood colonies don’t have workers. Younger termites called "false workers" do all the work for the colony. sfs
Dampwood termites like to live and feed in very moist wood.
Because they need lots of moisture, Dampwood Termites usually live in damp, dying wood or in houses with leaking plumbing that keeps the wood wet.
Dampwood termites do not carry disease and don’t usually bother buildings because there is not enough water in the wood.

 

 

 

Drywood Termites

Drywood termites form colonies of up to 2,500 members. Drywood Termite colonies don’t have workers. Younger termites, called "false workers", do all the work for the colony.
Drywood Termites eat wood, wallpaper, plastics and fabric made from plants.

Drywood Termite colonies are usually found in dry wood and they do not require moisture or contact with the soil.
Drywood termites can build nests and dig tunnels in buildings. These tunnels cause major damage because the wooden support beams can become weak and make the building lean or fall down.

Formosan Termites
Formosan termite colonies can be up to 300 feet long and there can be tens of thousands of termites in a single colony. Formosan termite colonies are divided into three groups: workers, soldiers and reproductives. They are the largest and most destructive kind of termite.
Formosan Termites eat wood and fabric made from plants. When they eat dead trees, these termites help the environment and make space for new plant life.
Formosans live in huge underground colonies, and build mud nests inside the walls of a building. They can also live in boats and buildings.
Formosan termites eat a lot of wood and can damage your house.

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termite colonies can have up to 2 million members! Their colonies are divided into three groups: workers, soldiers and reproductives.

These Termites eat wood, wallpaper, plastics and fabric made from plants.
Subterranean termites need contact with the soil to survive. They live in underground colonies or in wet areas aboveground. They build tunnels to reach food and every spring, groups of reproductive termites fly off to start new colonies.

Subterranean termites are the most destructive kind of termite. They can eat a lot of wood and they can cause a lot of expensive damage to a house! They can destroy building foundations, wooden support beams, plastic plumbing pipes, sub-flooring, insulation … even swimming pool liners and filtration systems! Termites can also injure or destroy living trees and shrubs.

Termites are every homeowners nightmare. That's because the proper tools and methods needed to kill subterranean and drywood termites are a closely guarded secret by many pest control companies. Termites enter building unobserved from the ground. They perforate the foundation through joints, floor and wall cavities and even penetrate tiny cracks in concrete. Termite build covered runways, which are made up of soil. These runways as communication line/passage tunnel between nest and food. In Reinforced Concrete Columns the steel used rusts during curing, the iron expands three times of its actual dimension during resting. This provides excellent cavities for entry of termites. The principal of the termite control is based therefore placing a chemical barrier between the food and the nest. In order to stop termite infestations and to prevent more damage from occurring, chemicals have to be applied to kill termites

You need to know the difference before you begin treatment. If you live in an area where high humidity exists, then you could be dealing with drywood or dampwood termites. Subterranean termites travel in mud shelter tubes. Drywood termites leave small holes and fecal pellets called frass. We have step by step guides on how to get rid of and/or kill all species of subterranean and Drywood Termites.

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