Subterranean Termites versus Drywood Termites

Subterranean Termites Versus Drywood Termites

Subterranean Termites and Drywood Termites are silent destroyers of furniture, valuable books, and art collections, as well as destroyers of property: tiny “white ants” that survive on cellulose for their food. Initially, they  lived in forests and had plenty of trees to feed on.

Depletion of forests caused termites to invade homes – from bungalows and cottages to housing societies and high-rises – in search of “dead wood” (furniture, paper, cardboard, cotton and the like).

They have survived for over 250 million years and their highly-structured colonies allow them to adapt to ever-changing environments. These tiny termite armies (hidden invaders) are ceaseless hungry workers that can eat through concrete or brick walls, even entering from your building foundation and marching and munching their way (non-stop) to the penthouse of a high rise building.

What is the difference between subterranean and drywood termites?

Termites are divided into subterranean and drywood termites. Drywood termites live in dry wood outside the ground and need very little moisture. They build nests in wooden frames, window frames, and furniture. Attics and lofts, cupboards and cabinets, bookshelves and libraries are their happy homes.

Drywood termites have small colonies that can live for years in a wooden desk. They eat the wood from inside leaving a nice thin shell of wood to protect themselves. Hence drywood termites are difficult to detect.

Subterranean termites prefer raw land: building big termite burrows underground. Their colonies are large, in thousands and millions. They make “mud tubes” (like safe tunnels) for overground travel.

Termites are social insects like bees or ants and their little “kingdoms” contain a king, a queen, soldiers, workers, alates. A single queen can deliver 3000 eggs at a time and live for 15years: giving birth to a few million in one lifetime! Subterranean termites need moist soil and darkness to thrive. Some dampwood termites require very little moisture and no soil contact.

How to get rid of termites?

Whether it is your own home or a business, no matter what types of termite: they are bad news. Termite killers and termite solutions require whole structure fumigation, microwave or liquid nitrogen treatment.

Termite control treatment is different for subterranean termite control: which includes liquid termicide, non-repellent termicides and termite baits. Termites don’t distinguish between wood in your home and wood in the forest; they travel 130 feet from the colony; they work 24 hours a day and need the minutest crack in a floor slab to enter your home.

Termite prevention and termite control are very difficult: damp walls and water seepage, as well as the presence of wood or cellulose, attract both types of termites.

Local pest control services use cheap chemicals that only repel termites and cause them to spread. HiCare uses Termin-8, a non-repellent chemical that completely kills the last termite present.

Water-based D.F.S (Drill Fill Seal) technique is a unique termite control and termite prevention treatment (created after years of research) that completely drills holes and fills them with Termin-8 and seals the holes, so it keeps on and on killing all the termites!

It is safe to say that if you want to save your valuables and furniture and keep your family and pets safe during termite treatment you need to invest in the best possible termite solutions: because you may land up losing much, much more if you don’t!

If you have termite problem at your home, you can contact HiCare by clicking here 

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  3. Winged termites are called alates. Subterranean alates have one single thick, dark vein that runs parallel to the top of the wing. Drywood termites have a complex system of veins, usually at least three or four in each wing. Most termites shed their wings within minutes of landing. This is often the only evidence they leave behind.

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