Termites

Termites

Termites

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termites Treatment Services

Size : The size of subterranean termites depends on its caste. Workers measure one-eighth to three-eighths of an inch in length. Soldiers are as long as workers, but have larger heads with powerful mandibles. Both supplementary and primary reproductive measure about 1 inch in length.

Color : Similarly, subterranean termites differ in color by caste. Workers are cream-colored and pale. Soldiers are also this light color, but their heads are brown. Supplementary reproductive are this same, opaque shade, but primary reproductive are brown or black.

Behavior : The three main types of subterranean termites – workers, soldiers and swarmer – have specific jobs to do within the colony, and each is uniquely equipped with the tools they need to get the job done. Some termites have eyes. Some don’t.

Subterranean termite workers are small, opaque insects that can separate wood or other cellulose from its source. Workers live their entire lives in dark tunnels, both above and below ground. They do not have eyes because they do not need them. But, interestingly enough, they can still tell the difference between light and dark. They know being in the light means they are in danger of predator attacks, not to mention losing valuable moisture from their bodies. When worker termites find themselves in the light, they return to the dark as quickly as they can.

Subterranean termite swarmer – another form of reproductive termites – develop when the colony is three to five years old and eventually leave the colony to start a new one of their own. These subterranean termites have eyes that are much more developed since they have to leave the security of the dark nest and mud tunnels. Out of all three types of termites, they’re the only ones that can see.

As their name indicates, subterranean termites live several feet below ground in bustling colonies.

Termite attacks are subtle, often going undetected for many years. Over time, they can cause serious damage. Don’t wait for termites to show themselves. Trained specialists know where to look and what to do to keep termites out. They can give you the protection you need and the peace of mind you deserve.
For termite prevention:

  • Use wood that is pressure treated with preservatives. This wood is more resistant to attack by termites.
  • Address moisture issues in your home. Typical problems include leaks, plumbing, condensation and drainage issues.
  • Eliminate any areas where wood touches soil in, on and around your home.

They are just a nuisance because they do not target dry timber used in building structures.

Help in biodegrading of wood in the natural environment.

Dampwood Termite

These termites dwell mainly in forest lands where they eat up damp wood and rotting leaves.

Within the home, they can be found on rotting wood or on log piles.

They are not economically significant when it comes to destruction of wooden structures as they don’t attack dry timber directly.

Size : 1/2 inches to 5/8 inches

Shape : Long, narrow, oval

Color : Brownish

Legs : 6

Wings : Yes

Antenna : Yes

Common Name : Dampwood Termite

Kingdom : Animalia

Phylum : Arthropoda

Class : Insecta

Order : Isoptera

Family : Hodotermitidae

Diet : Feed on rotting wood, damp wood and leaves on forest floors.

These termites are external dwellers and are found in forested areas which are cool and damp. Are attracted to damp wood within or near the house even though they don’t cause significant damage.

Remove piles of logs around the home that would attract them.

Dig up and remove stumps that have been cut.

Remove any damp and rotting pieces of wood in or around the house.

They are just a nuisance because they do not target dry timber used in building structures.

Help in biodegrading of wood in the natural environment.

Drywood Termite

Drywood-Termite

Drywood Termite

They are the most destructive of all as they target dry wood that is used in construction.

They build mounds as well as live underground.

Their presence can be denoted by mud tubes built on timber or walls.

Their colony is divided in castes consisting of: soldiers, queen and sterile workers.

Size : 3/8 inches to 1 inches

Shape : Long, narrow, oval

Color : Light brown

Legs: 6

Wings : Yes

Antenna : Yes

Common Name : Drywood Termite

Kingdom : Animalia

Phylum : Arthropoda

Class : Insecta

Order : Isoptera

Family : Kalotermitidae

Diet: Derive cellulose from dry wood. They also eat up any wooden item including paper and card boards that are stored within the house. They are also known to chew through plastic, nylon and asphalt.

They live within visible mounds or in underground colonies. They use their maze of tunnels to connect mini colonies and also reach new feeding grounds.

Preserve timber through chemicals and strong termite repellents.

Remove all scrap timber and wood from the yard. Dig up old stumps and termite mounds that may be in existence.

Seal all cracks and crevices that can be used as points of entry into the building.

Call termite experts for removing established populations.

Dry wood termite is the number one enemy to wooden structures. They primarily feed on wood which compromises their integrity and structures. This leads to destruction that costs a lot of money for doing replacements or conducting repairs.

Their underground tunnels compromise foundations of buildings and subterranean cables and plumbing.