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Drywood termites in the house: general notion

Termites belong to the species that cause great damage to the wood and wooden constructions. Termites are the most dangerous insects for people because they can be invisible for a long time until the housekeeper pays attention to serious problems with his house or furniture. And also they can be very resistant to some treatment. Usual habitat of drywood termites is dead clear wood. They are widespread in the coastal tropical and subtropical regions, where there are enough warmth and moisture. The drywood termite lives in colonies. Its appearance can differ depending on the caste that the termite of the colony belongs to.

Drywood termite damage and treatment

In nature drywood termites attack dead dry branches and trees. They digest the wood and return useful substances into the soil. But living near people, they penetrate also buildings through wood elements if they are less than 60 cm high from the ground.

Flying termits vs Swarming and Winged


Termites flying in the wild nature as well as near people are also called “white ants”. Flying, winged, swarming insects are a real threat to the man-made structures. Giant trees and gorgeous buildings, infected by these insects, crumble to dust with a light push. There are special services for termites’ eradication. These insects are intoxicated with different chemicals, but with no significant result. Termites cause big problems to the mankind. But are they so bad? What is their role in nature?

Termite nests as biomimetic architecture


Curiously enough, we can find the most complex and developed kingdom just in termite colonies.

termite nest

Termites exist in warm southern countries in huge colonies, the number of individuals in which often reaches several millions. Their nests are extremely diverse in their appearances, sizes, and the thickness of the walls of termitaria. The highest termitarium, built by an African termite colony, Macrotermes bellicosus, is 42 feet.

Flying termites vs flying ants


What are these insects in your house? They are small and disturbing and usually live in large colonies. It is not always easy to find out if you see flying termites or ants.

But there are some handy tips which will help you to distinguish flying termites (also called swarmers) from flying ants, see images.

Do termites have wings?

Like all social insects, termites are divided into three groups: workers, soldiers, and mature species, which are able to give birth to other termites.

Workers have soft white body less than 10 mm length. They don’t have eyes and they are not flying termites. But these are workers who find food, look after young termites, and take care of soldiers, the queen and the king.

Termite nests: The secret of the architectural skill

Despite of the tiny size, termites can move hundreds and thousands of kilograms of soil, raising huge — especially by their measures — nests. They get very firm and effective constructions with a functioning ventilating system and climate control, with galleries and floors. But for all that no insect from the colony has any definite plan for construction: everything happens through self-organization.