Termite damage

Termite damage is normally caused by destructive termite species. These destructive species are mainly of the drywood and subterranean termites. Coptotermes species probably ranks the highest amongst those termites capable of the most damage. In general, species from the families Kalotermitinae (drywood termites), and Rhinotermitinae (subterranean termites), are responsible for perhaps 80-90% of all termite damage worldwide, with Rhinotermitinae accounting for almost all the cases.

In many parts of the world, Coptotermes species like Coptotermes formosanus, Coptotermes acinaciformis, and Coptotermes gestroi are well known as the main species involved in most cases of termite damage. In the US, a Rhinotermitinae genus, Reticulitermes is the most common destructive genus, but Coptotermes seems to be invading as well. In Asia, most termite damage is caused by Coptotermes species.

Subterranean termites gain entry to wood by means of soil contact, but they can also construct paved tubes across concrete to reach their food source. They often don’t get detected until it is too late, by which time, they would have done significant damage to wood. They also like paper and cardboard.

Outside buildings, some termite species are capable of attacking live trees, a process that may take a long time before the tree dies, or is so weakened as to be easily toppled during a storm.

(Above) Termite damage inside a tree, which only becomes obvious when the trunk is sawn.

(Above) Termite damage inside a tree, which only becomes obvious when the trunk is sawn. Damage caused by Coptotermes species.

(Above) A close up view of termite damage inside a tree trunk.

(Above) A close up view of termite damage inside a tree trunk.

(Above) This roof pane and panel has already been damaged by termites.

(Above) This roof pane and panel has already been damaged by termites.

(Above) Termite damage within a roof panel. This roof will probably come crashing down one day.

(Above) Termite damage within a roof panel. This roof will probably come crashing down one day.

(Above) This door has already been severely damaged by Coptotermes termites. Peeling away the surface reveals the handiwork of the termites.

(Above) This door has already been severely damaged by Coptotermes termites. Peeling away the surface reveals the handiwork of the termites.

(Above) A close up view of the same door, revealing extensive termite damage. The termites have remodelled the wood inside and all that is left is a skeletal latticework.

(Above) A close up view of the same door, revealing extensive termite damage. The termites have remodelled the wood inside, and all that is left is a skeletal latticework to enable the termites to move around.

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