dry wood termites vs subterranean termites

Differentiating and Treating Subterranean and Dry Wood Termites

Termites are one of the most damaging pests that can infest your house. They can destroy foundations, walls, stumps, wooden floors and ceilings.

In order to protect a building against termites, it is important to know about these pests, their feeding habits and behaviour, in particular.

There are basically two types of termites: subterranean and dry wood termites. These two are quite different from each other.

When it comes to termite control and management, the type of termite must first be identified. After that, the appropriate treatment can be formulated.

Subterranean Termites

As their name indicates, subterranean termites live underground. They require a moist environment to thrive and to build tunnels from the ground leading to the wooden portions of the house.

Subterranean termites are the more destructive type because they have jaws for efficiently chewing through wood, enabling them to destroy wooden parts of the house faster. Eradication can be quite challenging since their nests are not easy to find since they travel from beneath the ground.

Dry Wood Termites

As opposed to subterranean termites, dry wood termites do not need moisture to thrive. They live inside the wood and do not need contact with soil. This means that there will be no mud tubes from the ground to the wooden parts of the property.

They can be airborne and arrive in the house through furniture that has been brought inside. Feeding is at a much slower rate than with the subterranean type, so they are much less of a threat than the subterranean termites.

Control and Management

Early termite detection is imperative in saving your house from massive damages. If you do not have a barrier system yet against termites, it is best to have one installed early as possible. This applies to any Australian house, and it is something that local councils encourage.

Bob Gunn Termite Solutions provides effective termite treatment from the start of construction or upon discovery of the infestation.

Termite Signs

There are obvious signs to tell you that termites are living in your home. You might see a mud tunnel from your garden to your house, or you may see actual termites crawling around wooden parts of the house. Squeaking or uneven floorboards can also be a sign of termite infestation in the house.

If you have spotted any of these signs, you should not waste any more time. This is a perfect moment to ask for expert termite inspections.

After an inspection, Bob Gunn Termite Solutions will provide you with possible solutions to your pest problem. You can choose the solution that will suit your budget and preference. Termites can be stopped by using physical or chemical barrier systems, a reticulation system as well as monitoring and interception systems.