Do You Know the Difference Between Subterranean vs Drywood Termites?

Do You Know the Difference Between Subterranean vs Drywood Termites?

As you probably have heard by now, a swarm of Subterranean Termites are here in the Tampa Bay area and they will continue on and off until April. Then, in May, we will see Drywood Termites

Do you know the difference between Subterranean Termites and Drywood Termites?

Major Difference

Subterranean termites reside in the ground, while drywood termites nest inside the wood they are infesting. This leads to varying points of attack on your property. Subterranean termites make mud tubes to tunnel through the ground and invade your home. If you have either in your home or on your property, it can spell disaster.

Subterranean Termites

These termites build their colonies in raw land and nest in the ground and form huge termites. They build closed tunnels between food and their nests. They need moist soil and darkness in order to survive. Subterranean termites are much more dangerous because they cause more significant damage than drywood termites. Their colonies can develop up to 1 million strong. Subterranean termites have a soft white body with no eyes. They are typically no longer than a centimeter.

Termites live in societies with a , They have a king and a queen and subordinatessoldiersworkersalates. The royal couple is guarded by the soldiers who protect them.

Subterranean termites have a large society with a king and queen and subordinates (soldiers, workers and alates). The soldiers guard the royal couple. The queen is up to 10 centimeters in length and the king slightly exceeds her size. Her lifespan is about fifteen years. A few millions of termites appear during their reign.

Drywood Termites

Drywood termites live in dry wood out of the ground as they need very little moisture. Drywood termites infest dry wood and do not require contact with the soil. The subterranean species must nest in the soil or near a water source in order to survive.

They build their living arrangements in window frames, trim, wooden frames and other wooden elements. Look for them in attics too. They eat wood, leaving only the thin outer layer of healthy wood.

Drywood termites occur in small colonies in isolated wood pieces. Multiple colonies can infest a structure simultaneously. Late Spring and Summer months are the peak season for winged drywood termite swarming flights.




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