Termites Are Very Destructive And Secretive
Have you ever looked at something so small and wondered how something that little could affect so many lives negatively? Take for example mosquitoes, and their outbreak spread of malaria or perhaps something very much closer to home, Termites. Thinking termites will not wreck havoc on the structure of your home is far from the truth. The damage termites inflict is most often underestimated. Let us take a quick look at how much damage termites are capable of. Before we discuss that damage termites can and will make, learning about the difference between the two major kinds of termites will help you know what must be done to prevent each specific kind of termites from damaging the structure of your wood shed or even worse, your own home.
Different Types Of Termites
The two main types of termites you most likely would find in your house are, Subterranean termites and Drywood termites. This sort of classification comes from the termites mode of action and how destructive they are.
The first type of termite we will learn about are called Drywood termites. You probably have seen a Drywood termite as these are larger and a lot more visible. Drywood colonies contain a moderate number of termites. As the name suggests, their favorite kind of living space is dry wood, which means they are the prime suspects targeting wooden beams and all other wooden materials that may not come in contact with moisture. Drywood termites typify the normal actions and destruction of the second type of termite we referred to, Subterranean termites. It is very common to now notice visible warning signs that Drywood termites have taken over your wood shed or living space because this type of termite is very small.
Speaking of small, Subterranean termites are comparatively much smaller so they are hardly visible, and to emphasize on that, they act very secretively. Since Subterranean termites act very secretively, they are even more undetectable than Drywood termites. In terms of sheer number, a Subterranean termite’s colony can host up to 2 million members, and this comes with a well-defined social structure and hierarchy. Moreover, they construct their colonies underground which makes them a lot harder to detect. Scientists believe that these are the most destructive types of termites. What makes Subterranean termites so destructive? Not only do they eat a lot of wood, judging from their sheer number, they also destroy plastic pipelines, insulation, and even living trees and shrubs. In other words, Subterranean termites destroy anything in their way or whatever they fix their eyes on.
These two classes of termites are not the only ones out there with high destructive capabilities; there is also the Dampwood termite which prefers feeding on moist wood, and there is the Formosan termite which is as destructive as its large size.
With the classification above, it is safe to say that the level of destruction by termites is grossly underestimated. These insects are predominantly secret actors, they target the structures of buildings and furniture, and they have a huge population. Imagine about 2,500 Drywood termites living in your house or 2 million Subterranean termites. The kind of damage they can do cannot be easily described in words. This is why it is highly recommended for you to take preventive measures against termites like regular inspections and fumigation. It is also wise to hire Pest control experts, who have the required training to combat against these destructive insects and win the battle. No one wants any kind of termites living in their furniture or walls.