Termites can also be known as hidden threats. This is because they can cause harm to homes from the inside thought he damage can also be seen from external. Termites need to be treated and controlled at the right time because if left untreated, the colony causes adverse damages which can be costly and hard to tolerate.
There are different types of termites depending on habitat and their eating habits. A home- maker needs to understand the colonies of termites such as soldiers, royalties and reproductive termites. This helps in choosing the best way possible to identify the kind of termites like swarming termites, subterranean termites, dry wood termites and dam wood termites among others, and to differentiate the kind of damage they cause.
Termites cause structural damages and their signs of infestation include, accumulation of wings that looks like scales, sagging ceiling and floors, parts seem to be water- damaged. Subterranean termites create a pattern which resembles a honeycomb in an infected wood, forming tunnels inside a softer part of the wood and leaving the external region intact. The seriously damaged material breaks easily and the interior side of it is seen with mud-filled and soil-filled termite galleries.
Drywood termites cause slower and less damage than subterranean termites. They are often identified by small hard fecal pellets which they left behind when moving towards other areas. Drywood and subterranean termites causes structural damages while dampwood termite may not do any harm to structures but if they do, the attack is very little which can be rarely visible to the eye.
Termites also cause damages to various crops, mostly in subtropical and warm, arid regions. Homeowners spend large sum of money annually to treat termite attack and to repair termite damage. Homeowners need to make early detection in order to limit the extend of damage.It is well known that new buildings are more prone to termite attack than aging buildings and also quite interesting to note that depending on the kind of wood used in structures and the type of crop, termite damage varies accordingly.