Termite Types that Infest homes and establishments

Pests are wondrously plentiful and a single general type of pest can branch out into different species and termites are included in it. There are five (5) known types of termites and regardless of their forms, are all identified as detrivores –consumers of a decomposing matter such as dead leaves or trees. This is the reason why termites can be found in suburban areas as they will feast on houses and establishments made out of wood. Here are the three common types of termites that are often identified as a residential threat and how they differ from each other.


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Subterranean Termite

Subterranean termites play two roles in this world. When in their natural habitat, they can be extremely helpful as they make full use of cellulose. Cellulose is a chemical property primarily found in plants materials and will eventually be found in derivatives such as paper and cardboard products. When termites consume cellulose, they return it to the earth as humus which is the perfect soil fertilizer. Otherwise, if subterranean termites find their way into urban living, they will become a problem and will be identified by their winged brethren flying, possibly emerging from a nearby source. Follow these and it will lead you right into the source with mud tubes sticking out from the ground.

Drywood Termite

The Drywood termite is hardly a house guest and a tell-tail sign of its existence a residential or commercial area is when a small mountain of excrement called frass. Frass has a grainy consistency and a dark brown coloring, nearly like gritty sand and is the reason why drywood termites have another alias known as powderpost termites. The Drywood termite is also known for its ability to survive with hardly any source of water and can completely live inside any material made out of hardwood whether if it’s a wall, roof or even furniture.

Formosan Termite

The Formosan termite originated in Southern China. It eventually found its way to Taiwan, which was formerly known as Formosa, then Japan and ultimately the rest of the world. These termites are infamous for their destructiveness and can easily consume its food source in little time because of the sheer population they have in a single colony. A colony of these ferocious insects can house up to millions of members and this is already overwhelming compared to other termite breeds. Formosan termites are known for their mud-like mounds created inside or outside wooden structures.

These pests need to be treat immediately. You should ask the professionals on how much does a termite treatment cost and what type of treatment are they going to use.

To avoid termite infestation always remember to do house cleaning.