Termites are one of the most annoying pests that people might encounter at their home. They aren’t just becoming a nuisance at home, but they love to damage the wooden parts of our home. As a pest that requires high humidity to survive, humid weather conditions encourage the distribution of termite population growth evenly in each region. On the other hand, you may want to call the best general contractor if your house is attacked by termites.
The types of termites in most countries are classified into 3 ecological categories according to their nesting and eating habits:
1. Subterranean termites / Soil termites – Soil termites are social insects that live in a colony of many individuals. Soil termites are found in all regions of tropical countries and they are the common species of termites that can be found at houses. Soil termites must be near the source of moisture to survive, make their nests near the ground where they can easily get moisture from the soil. They tunnel through the ground to access moist soil or wood. In the dry season, their tunnels will get deeper into the ground to reach moisture.
2. Drywood termites – Dry wood termites live in small colonies, usually, less than 1,000 individuals and all live in pieces of wood. They are not as productive as some other types of termites, but the symptoms of the damage that they inflict can be critical because the damage they cause will not be detected for a while before they’re found. Dry wood termites do not require contact with the ground and prefer areas with low water content.
3. Dampwood termites / Westwood termites – Wet wood termites usually occupy decaying wood which remains moist and wet because of contact with the ground or other things that support it, for example through water leakage in a building. They are most likely to nest on wood in outdoor areas, such as trees, stumps or wood that come into contact with the ground.