Life Cycle of Termite
The egg-laying termite queen lays her eggs, the termite larvae transform into termite workers, termite soldiers or reproductive termites.
The main types of termites are
Subterranean Termite colonies can have up to 2 million members! Their colonies are divided into three groups: workers, soldiers and reproductives.
Termites eat wood, wallpaper, plastics and fabric made from plants.
Subterranean termites need contact with the soil to survive. They live in underground colonies or in wet areas aboveground. They build tunnels to reach food and every spring, groups of reproductive termites fly off to start new colonies.
Subterranean termites are the most destructive kind of termite. They can eat a lot of wood and they can cause a lot of expensive damage to a house! They can destroy building foundations, wooden support beams, plastic plumbing pipes, sub-flooring, insulation ? even swimming pool liners and filtration systems! Termites can also injure or destroy living trees and shrubs.
To Prevent your house from Subterranean Termites
Don't let water pool around your home's foundation. Termites like that!
Never leave wood scraps in the yard for them to snack on.
Drywood termites form colonies of up to 2,500 members. Drywood Termite colonies don?t have workers. Younger termites, called "false workers", do all the work for the colony.
Drywood Termites eat wood, wallpaper, plastics and fabric made from plants.
Drywood Termite colonies are usually found in dry wood and they do not require moisture or contact with the soil.Drywood termites can build nests and dig tunnels in buildings. These tunnels cause major damage because the wooden support beams can become weak and make the building lean or fall down.
To Prevent your Home from Drywood Termite, make sure firewood and scrap wood is stored away from your house.
Seal all cracks and crevices around the outside of your home.
Dampwood termites like to live and feed in very moist wood. because they need lots of moisture, Dampwood Termites usually live in damp, dying wood or in houses with leaking plumbing that keeps the wood wet.Dampwood termites do not carry disease and don?t usually bother buildings because there is not enough water in the wood.
To avoid Dampwood termites, make sure water drains away from your house and keep damp wood away from your home.
Formosan termite colonies can be up to 300 feet long and there can be tens of thousands of termites in a single colony. Formosan termite colonies are divided into three groups: workers, soldiers and reproductives. They are the largest and most destructive kind of termite.
Formosan Termites eat wood and fabric made from plants. When they eat dead trees, these termites help the environment and make space for new plant life.
Formosans live in huge underground colonies, and build mud nests inside the walls of a building. They can also live in boats and buildings.
To avoid Formosan termites, make sure water drains away from your house and keep damp wood away from your home.