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Drywood Termites vs Subterranean Termites - What's the Difference?

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Due to their destructive dietary requirements, termites are considered to be one of the most costly pests, particularly for homeowners.

As with most pests, there are is a vast array of termite species, around 2,750 worldwide. However, only a handful of them are regarded as pests due to their interaction with humans.

Termites are particularly prominent pest in Indonesia. As the natural decomposers of wood and leaves, they are commonly found in areas such as JakartaCikarang and Tangerang. It is simply because these particular areas are transforming from densely wooded area to residential area, where the massive development of residential housing are growing every year.

The two most common types of termite usually found eating their way through our homes are drywood termites and subterranean termites. So what’s the difference between these two types?

Drywood termites

Out of the two, drywood termites are less common and are usually found around coastal and other humid regions. They need areas with high humidity as they get all their water by extracting it from the wood.

To add to this, the size of a drywood termite colony is usually far smaller than a subterranean colony as they live completely within the wood they infest. This makes them more difficult to detect.

Finally, drywood termites like to live off a diet of both hard and softwoods. They eat both along and across the grain and wood, so their galleries inside the wood look different from the subterranean termites.

Where do drywood termites live?

The main difference between drywood and subterranean termites is their preferred living environments.

Drywood termites like to build their nests, and live within wooden structures, which is how they get their name.

Signs of dyrwood termites

The common sign of a drywood termite infestation is the appearance of frass.

Frass is termite waste or fecal matter. Unlike subterranean termites, which build nests and tunnels for foraging out of fecal matter, drywood termites have no use for it as they only excavate tunnels in wood. They get rid of their feces by making a small hole in the wood and pushing it out of their home.

A clear sign of a drywood termite infestation is the collection of frass on the floor or flat surface below the wood they are inhabiting. Termite frass often looks like sawdust from afar, but on closer inspection, you will be able to notice granular pellets, often varying in colour.

Subterranean termites

As you already know, subterranean termites are the most common species found damaging buildings across the globe.

Compared to drywood termites, subterranean termites live off a diet of softer wood only and tend to excavate tunnels in wood along the grain.

What do subterranean termites look like?

Both the worker drywood and subterranean termites look similar. The soldier and alate castes are where they tend to differ. Soldier termites have large, yellowish brown heads and the flying termites (alates) are usually a dark brown/black colouring.

Where do subterranean termites live?

As opposed to drywood termites, subterranean termites like to live in the ground. This is because these species of termite need a source of moisture to survive. They need a connection to the ground to keep their nest and tunnels humid enough to survive and for material to build tunnels and nests. If there is plenty of moisture available they can build nests above ground.

Signs of subterranean termites

Their love and need for high moisture environments provide us with a key sign of a subterranean termite infestation – mud tubes!

Subterranean termites use mud tubes to move around above ground to forage of food. The tubes maintain the humid environment that the termites need and help protect them from predators.

These tubes are constructed from a mixture of soil, wood, saliva and feces. They are dark brown and can often be found along the foundations of a property, where the termites enter the building from the surrounding ground, as well as along floor joints inside the building.

Unfortunately, spotting the signs of termites can be quite difficult and infestations can often go unnoticed until it is too late. However, knowing the difference between drywood and subterranean termites, as well as the common signs to look for, can help protect your home from these wood eating insects.

Contact your local Rentokil specialists for professional solutions to protect your home from termites. Our specialists will conduct a property inspection and determine the type of termites you are dealing with, where they are coming from, and then provide solutions to get rid of termites and prevent them from returning.

Gambar rayap

5-MINUTES READ

 

Due to their destructive dietary requirements, termites are considered to be one of the most costly pests, particularly for homeowners.

As with most pests, there are is a vast array of termite species, around 2,750 worldwide. However, only a handful of them are regarded as pests due to their interaction with humans.

Termites are particularly prominent pest in Indonesia. As the natural decomposers of wood and leaves, they are commonly found in areas such as JakartaCikarang and Tangerang. It is simply because these particular areas are transforming from densely wooded area to residential area, where the massive development of residential housing are growing every year.

The two most common types of termite usually found eating their way through our homes are drywood termites and subterranean termites. So what’s the difference between these two types?

Drywood termites

Out of the two, drywood termites are less common and are usually found around coastal and other humid regions. They need areas with high humidity as they get all their water by extracting it from the wood.

To add to this, the size of a drywood termite colony is usually far smaller than a subterranean colony as they live completely within the wood they infest. This makes them more difficult to detect.

Finally, drywood termites like to live off a diet of both hard and softwoods. They eat both along and across the grain and wood, so their galleries inside the wood look different from the subterranean termites.

Where do drywood termites live?

The main difference between drywood and subterranean termites is their preferred living environments.

Drywood termites like to build their nests, and live within wooden structures, which is how they get their name.

Signs of dyrwood termites

The common sign of a drywood termite infestation is the appearance of frass.

Frass is termite waste or fecal matter. Unlike subterranean termites, which build nests and tunnels for foraging out of fecal matter, drywood termites have no use for it as they only excavate tunnels in wood. They get rid of their feces by making a small hole in the wood and pushing it out of their home.

A clear sign of a drywood termite infestation is the collection of frass on the floor or flat surface below the wood they are inhabiting. Termite frass often looks like sawdust from afar, but on closer inspection, you will be able to notice granular pellets, often varying in colour.

Subterranean termites

As you already know, subterranean termites are the most common species found damaging buildings across the globe.

Compared to drywood termites, subterranean termites live off a diet of softer wood only and tend to excavate tunnels in wood along the grain.

What do subterranean termites look like?

Both the worker drywood and subterranean termites look similar. The soldier and alate castes are where they tend to differ. Soldier termites have large, yellowish brown heads and the flying termites (alates) are usually a dark brown/black colouring.

Where do subterranean termites live?

As opposed to drywood termites, subterranean termites like to live in the ground. This is because these species of termite need a source of moisture to survive. They need a connection to the ground to keep their nest and tunnels humid enough to survive and for material to build tunnels and nests. If there is plenty of moisture available they can build nests above ground.

Signs of subterranean termites

Their love and need for high moisture environments provide us with a key sign of a subterranean termite infestation – mud tubes!

Subterranean termites use mud tubes to move around above ground to forage of food. The tubes maintain the humid environment that the termites need and help protect them from predators.

These tubes are constructed from a mixture of soil, wood, saliva and feces. They are dark brown and can often be found along the foundations of a property, where the termites enter the building from the surrounding ground, as well as along floor joints inside the building.

Unfortunately, spotting the signs of termites can be quite difficult and infestations can often go unnoticed until it is too late. However, knowing the difference between drywood and subterranean termites, as well as the common signs to look for, can help protect your home from these wood eating insects.

Contact your local Rentokil specialists for professional solutions to protect your home from termites. Our specialists will conduct a property inspection and determine the type of termites you are dealing with, where they are coming from, and then provide solutions to get rid of termites and prevent them from returning.

gambar rayap kayu kering
Gambar rayap kayu kering

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Due to their destructive dietary requirements, termites are considered to be one of the most costly pests, particularly for homeowners.

As with most pests, there are is a vast array of termite species, around 2,750 worldwide. However, only a handful of them are regarded as pests due to their interaction with humans.

Termites are particularly prominent pest in Indonesia. As the natural decomposers of wood and leaves, they are commonly found in areas such as JakartaCikarang and Tangerang. It is simply because these particular areas are transforming from densely wooded area to residential area, where the massive development of residential housing are growing every year.

The two most common types of termite usually found eating their way through our homes are drywood termites and subterranean termites. So what’s the difference between these two types?

Drywood termites

Out of the two, drywood termites are less common and are usually found around coastal and other humid regions. They need areas with high humidity as they get all their water by extracting it from the wood.

To add to this, the size of a drywood termite colony is usually far smaller than a subterranean colony as they live completely within the wood they infest. This makes them more difficult to detect.

Finally, drywood termites like to live off a diet of both hard and softwoods. They eat both along and across the grain and wood, so their galleries inside the wood look different from the subterranean termites.

Where do drywood termites live?

The main difference between drywood and subterranean termites is their preferred living environments.

Drywood termites like to build their nests, and live within wooden structures, which is how they get their name.

Signs of dyrwood termites

The common sign of a drywood termite infestation is the appearance of frass.

Frass is termite waste or fecal matter. Unlike subterranean termites, which build nests and tunnels for foraging out of fecal matter, drywood termites have no use for it as they only excavate tunnels in wood. They get rid of their feces by making a small hole in the wood and pushing it out of their home.

A clear sign of a drywood termite infestation is the collection of frass on the floor or flat surface below the wood they are inhabiting. Termite frass often looks like sawdust from afar, but on closer inspection, you will be able to notice granular pellets, often varying in colour.

Subterranean termites

As you already know, subterranean termites are the most common species found damaging buildings across the globe.

Compared to drywood termites, subterranean termites live off a diet of softer wood only and tend to excavate tunnels in wood along the grain.

What do subterranean termites look like?

Both the worker drywood and subterranean termites look similar. The soldier and alate castes are where they tend to differ. Soldier termites have large, yellowish brown heads and the flying termites (alates) are usually a dark brown/black colouring.

Where do subterranean termites live?

As opposed to drywood termites, subterranean termites like to live in the ground. This is because these species of termite need a source of moisture to survive. They need a connection to the ground to keep their nest and tunnels humid enough to survive and for material to build tunnels and nests. If there is plenty of moisture available they can build nests above ground.

Signs of subterranean termites

Their love and need for high moisture environments provide us with a key sign of a subterranean termite infestation – mud tubes!

Subterranean termites use mud tubes to move around above ground to forage of food. The tubes maintain the humid environment that the termites need and help protect them from predators.

These tubes are constructed from a mixture of soil, wood, saliva and feces. They are dark brown and can often be found along the foundations of a property, where the termites enter the building from the surrounding ground, as well as along floor joints inside the building.

Unfortunately, spotting the signs of termites can be quite difficult and infestations can often go unnoticed until it is too late. However, knowing the difference between drywood and subterranean termites, as well as the common signs to look for, can help protect your home from these wood eating insects.

Contact your local Rentokil specialists for professional solutions to protect your home from termites. Our specialists will conduct a property inspection and determine the type of termites you are dealing with, where they are coming from, and then provide solutions to get rid of termites and prevent them from returning.

Gambar kotoran rayap
Gambar kotoran rayap atau frass

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Due to their destructive dietary requirements, termites are considered to be one of the most costly pests, particularly for homeowners.

As with most pests, there are is a vast array of termite species, around 2,750 worldwide. However, only a handful of them are regarded as pests due to their interaction with humans.

Termites are particularly prominent pest in Indonesia. As the natural decomposers of wood and leaves, they are commonly found in areas such as JakartaCikarang and Tangerang. It is simply because these particular areas are transforming from densely wooded area to residential area, where the massive development of residential housing are growing every year.

The two most common types of termite usually found eating their way through our homes are drywood termites and subterranean termites. So what’s the difference between these two types?

Drywood termites

Out of the two, drywood termites are less common and are usually found around coastal and other humid regions. They need areas with high humidity as they get all their water by extracting it from the wood.

To add to this, the size of a drywood termite colony is usually far smaller than a subterranean colony as they live completely within the wood they infest. This makes them more difficult to detect.

Finally, drywood termites like to live off a diet of both hard and softwoods. They eat both along and across the grain and wood, so their galleries inside the wood look different from the subterranean termites.

Where do drywood termites live?

The main difference between drywood and subterranean termites is their preferred living environments.

Drywood termites like to build their nests, and live within wooden structures, which is how they get their name.

Signs of dyrwood termites

The common sign of a drywood termite infestation is the appearance of frass.

Frass is termite waste or fecal matter. Unlike subterranean termites, which build nests and tunnels for foraging out of fecal matter, drywood termites have no use for it as they only excavate tunnels in wood. They get rid of their feces by making a small hole in the wood and pushing it out of their home.

A clear sign of a drywood termite infestation is the collection of frass on the floor or flat surface below the wood they are inhabiting. Termite frass often looks like sawdust from afar, but on closer inspection, you will be able to notice granular pellets, often varying in colour.

Subterranean termites

As you already know, subterranean termites are the most common species found damaging buildings across the globe.

Compared to drywood termites, subterranean termites live off a diet of softer wood only and tend to excavate tunnels in wood along the grain.

What do subterranean termites look like?

Both the worker drywood and subterranean termites look similar. The soldier and alate castes are where they tend to differ. Soldier termites have large, yellowish brown heads and the flying termites (alates) are usually a dark brown/black colouring.

Where do subterranean termites live?

As opposed to drywood termites, subterranean termites like to live in the ground. This is because these species of termite need a source of moisture to survive. They need a connection to the ground to keep their nest and tunnels humid enough to survive and for material to build tunnels and nests. If there is plenty of moisture available they can build nests above ground.

Signs of subterranean termites

Their love and need for high moisture environments provide us with a key sign of a subterranean termite infestation – mud tubes!

Subterranean termites use mud tubes to move around above ground to forage of food. The tubes maintain the humid environment that the termites need and help protect them from predators.

These tubes are constructed from a mixture of soil, wood, saliva and feces. They are dark brown and can often be found along the foundations of a property, where the termites enter the building from the surrounding ground, as well as along floor joints inside the building.

Unfortunately, spotting the signs of termites can be quite difficult and infestations can often go unnoticed until it is too late. However, knowing the difference between drywood and subterranean termites, as well as the common signs to look for, can help protect your home from these wood eating insects.

Contact your local Rentokil specialists for professional solutions to protect your home from termites. Our specialists will conduct a property inspection and determine the type of termites you are dealing with, where they are coming from, and then provide solutions to get rid of termites and prevent them from returning.

5-MINUTES READ

 

Due to their destructive dietary requirements, termites are considered to be one of the most costly pests, particularly for homeowners.

As with most pests, there are is a vast array of termite species, around 2,750 worldwide. However, only a handful of them are regarded as pests due to their interaction with humans.

Termites are particularly prominent pest in Indonesia. As the natural decomposers of wood and leaves, they are commonly found in areas such as JakartaCikarang and Tangerang. It is simply because these particular areas are transforming from densely wooded area to residential area, where the massive development of residential housing are growing every year.

The two most common types of termite usually found eating their way through our homes are drywood termites and subterranean termites. So what’s the difference between these two types?

Drywood termites

Out of the two, drywood termites are less common and are usually found around coastal and other humid regions. They need areas with high humidity as they get all their water by extracting it from the wood.

To add to this, the size of a drywood termite colony is usually far smaller than a subterranean colony as they live completely within the wood they infest. This makes them more difficult to detect.

Finally, drywood termites like to live off a diet of both hard and softwoods. They eat both along and across the grain and wood, so their galleries inside the wood look different from the subterranean termites.

Where do drywood termites live?

The main difference between drywood and subterranean termites is their preferred living environments.

Drywood termites like to build their nests, and live within wooden structures, which is how they get their name.

Signs of dyrwood termites

The common sign of a drywood termite infestation is the appearance of frass.

Frass is termite waste or fecal matter. Unlike subterranean termites, which build nests and tunnels for foraging out of fecal matter, drywood termites have no use for it as they only excavate tunnels in wood. They get rid of their feces by making a small hole in the wood and pushing it out of their home.

A clear sign of a drywood termite infestation is the collection of frass on the floor or flat surface below the wood they are inhabiting. Termite frass often looks like sawdust from afar, but on closer inspection, you will be able to notice granular pellets, often varying in colour.

Subterranean termites

As you already know, subterranean termites are the most common species found damaging buildings across the globe.

Compared to drywood termites, subterranean termites live off a diet of softer wood only and tend to excavate tunnels in wood along the grain.

What do subterranean termites look like?

Both the worker drywood and subterranean termites look similar. The soldier and alate castes are where they tend to differ. Soldier termites have large, yellowish brown heads and the flying termites (alates) are usually a dark brown/black colouring.

Where do subterranean termites live?

As opposed to drywood termites, subterranean termites like to live in the ground. This is because these species of termite need a source of moisture to survive. They need a connection to the ground to keep their nest and tunnels humid enough to survive and for material to build tunnels and nests. If there is plenty of moisture available they can build nests above ground.

Signs of subterranean termites

Their love and need for high moisture environments provide us with a key sign of a subterranean termite infestation – mud tubes!

Subterranean termites use mud tubes to move around above ground to forage of food. The tubes maintain the humid environment that the termites need and help protect them from predators.

These tubes are constructed from a mixture of soil, wood, saliva and feces. They are dark brown and can often be found along the foundations of a property, where the termites enter the building from the surrounding ground, as well as along floor joints inside the building.

Unfortunately, spotting the signs of termites can be quite difficult and infestations can often go unnoticed until it is too late. However, knowing the difference between drywood and subterranean termites, as well as the common signs to look for, can help protect your home from these wood eating insects.

Contact your local Rentokil specialists for professional solutions to protect your home from termites. Our specialists will conduct a property inspection and determine the type of termites you are dealing with, where they are coming from, and then provide solutions to get rid of termites and prevent them from returning.

Gambar rayap tanah
Gambar rayap tanah

Berikut adalah penjelasan singkat mengenai bentuk tubuh rayap tanah:

  • Rayap tanah memiliki kepala yang besar dan keras dengan rahang yang kuat untuk mengunyah dan menghancurkan kayu dan bahan selulosa lainnya. Kepala mereka juga dilengkapi antena panjang untuk merasakan lingkungan.
  • Dada rayap tanah terdiri dari tiga segmen yang membawa enam kaki berpasangan. Kaki-kaki ini memungkinkan mereka bergerak di dalam tanah dan membuat terowongan.
  • Warna rayap tanah sangat bervariasi. Mereka dapat berwarna putih, coklat atau hitam tergantung pada spesiesnya.

Di mana rayap tanah hidup?

Rayap tanah, sesuai dengan namanya hidup di dalam tanah. Secara alami jenis rayap tanah ditemukan secara bebas di berbagai habitat tanah di alam liar, termasuk hutan, padang rumput hingga area yang lembab.

Jenis rayap ini dikenal dengan kemampuannya untuk membangun terowongan dari dasar tanah untuk mencapai sumber makanan di atas tanah. Terowongan rayap tanah terbuat dari campuran tanah, air liur dan ekskresi. 

Koloni rayap tanah senantiasa menjaga kelembaban sarang dan terowongan untuk dapat mendukung keberlangsungan hidup dan fungsi koloni rayap itu sendiri. 

Berikut adalah beberapa tempat di mana koloni rayap tanah biasanya ditemukan di area urban:

  • Di dalam tanah pemukiman manusia — Di sekitar area dimana tanah di sekitar pemukiman manusia ditemukan seperti taman atau pekarangan rumah
  • Di bawah struktur atau pondasi bangungan — Koloni rayap tanah seringkali ditemukan membangun terowongan di bawah struktur bangunan, ini terutama pada bagian bangunan yang bersentuhan langsung dengan tanah. Ini termasuk dasar bangunan, fondasi, dan sekitar tiang.
  • Di dekat sistem drainase atau saluran air — Rayap tanah seringkali ditemukan memanfaatkan air mengalir yang berasal dari sistem drainase dan saluran air untuk membawa mereka ke berbagai lokasi di area taman atau pekarangan rumah.

Seperti apa gejala serangan rayap tanah?

Berikut ini adalah beberapa gejala serangan rayap tanah yang paling umum. Apakah Anda pernah melihat tanda-tanda serangan rayap tanah berikut ini di rumah?

Serangan rayap jenis ini dapat diidentifikasi dengan ditemukannya tabung lumpur. Tabung lumpur buatan rayap tanah umumnya berwarna coklat gelap dan dapat ditemukan di sepanjang fondasi properti di mana rayap memasuki bangunan dari tanah yang berada disekitarnya dan juga di sepanjang sambungan lantai di dalam gedung.

Gambar tabung lumur rayap tanah
Gambar tabung lumur rayap tanah

Selain itu, serangan rayap tanah juga dapat diidentifikasi melalui material kayu yang terlihat rusak, rapuh atau bahkan hancur. Kayu yang sudah terinfestasi oleh koloni rayap tanah akan ditemukan berongga di bagian dalamnya, dan terdapat serbuk kayu atau frass disekitarnya. 

Pada berbagai kasus, kayu yang terinfestasi oleh rayap tanah juga terlihat lebih basah hingga berubah warna dan memiliki permukaan yang tidak rata.

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Selama lebih dari 50 tahun, Rentokil telah dikenal secara luas sebagai jasa anti rayap profesional yang dipercaya oleh banyak bisnis dan keluarga untuk membasmi rayap secara efektif, efisien dan ramah lingkungan.

Hubungi Rentokil di 150808 atau isi online form untuk menjadwalkan inspeksi rayap GRATIS hari ini.

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