What Does Termite Damage Look Like? – Termite Damage can be categorized according to the type of termite that is causing such damages. Subterranean Termite damage of wood starts with the creation of a distinctive honeycomb pattern while the external grains of the wood are left intact. Continuous damages on the wood may result in the formation of soil-filled termite galleries or insect mud, the wood breaks easily when pressed with fingers.
Drywood termite damage often set in when the small-hard fecal pellets (frass) of the termites are deposited inside the wood materials causing a sudden birth of a huge number of colonies of termites. These termites eat up fresh wood and continue to multiply until the wood dries up and break.
What Does Termite Damage Look Like? Drywood Termite Damage
Dampwood termites rarely attack wood structures directly and if they do so they normally cause minimal termite damage to a piece of wood. They are slower than other types of termites in causing termite damage to a piece of material, they are however destructive if allowed to thrive on moisture laden materials.
The fastest way of killing them is to dry up the wooden material (they cannot survive without moisture in wood).
Carpenter ants look similar in behaviour to termites. Most people confuse carpenter ants with termites because they damage woods just the way a termite damages woods.
They can be winged or wingless and they have larger body size and soft bodies, they have darker body colour. They can be compared with termite workers in the way they eat up dry woods and cause serious termite damage to such woods.
Most termite damages are caused by wingless termites, winged termites are not as aggressive as wingless termites, they have no straight antennae and an apparent waist, their wings are broken and shed-off after they migrate from their nests, they swarm in the warm rainy early spring and their duties are mainly for reproduction and multiplication of colonies.
Winged termites can be said to be the agent of termite damage, they do not cause termite damage directly but they can reproduce termite colonies that cause serious damage to wood materials under favourable circumstances.