Differences Between Termites and Woodworm

Sometimes, neophytes can confuse an attack of woodworms with a termite attack. Error that can lead to a series of errors in the possible solutions. It is essential, not to misdiagnose the diagnosis. The most advisable thing is to put yourself in the hands of a specialist, but in spite of everything, then a series of indications are reviewed, which can be very useful, to identify the plague. Normally the sound produced by termites is not audible without using technologies. instead the sound of woodworms, if they are large, can be heard easily. At the beginning and end of this video you can hear the sound of the large woodworm eating (listening to sound).

Symptoms in the wood

The woodworms, accustom, to reveal their damage with the exit holes of adults. These holes, is where often new generations of woodworms expel their droppings (see photo 1).

The subterranean termites do not make exit holes. The termite of the dry or aerial wood (Kalotermes flavicollis), makes holes, through which it expels its “fecal balls” characteristics (see photo 2). In order not to confuse the termite holes of the dry or aerial wood with holes of woodworm, it is necessary to pay attention to the texture of the excrements. The tiny “fecal pellets” of Kalotermes flavicollis may vary in color, but its shape is very characteristic (similar to a tiny coffee granite). On the other hand, woodworms tend to leave a fine sawdust.

The galleries of subterranean termites are arranged in the form of “combed” and with glued residues of a kind of “dry mud” (see photo 3). The termites’ galleries of dry or aerial wood are very clean and full of their fecal pellets (see photo 4). Woodworms often fill their sawdust galleries. The texture of the sawdust of the small woodworm can vary (like very fine sand or a kind of tiny semolina). On the other hand, the sawdust of the large woodworm, with a very fine appearance, can be split into tiny droppings in the form of beans (see photo 5).

The individual

Although the termites (see photo 6), they can look like worms, because they are whitish, they have six legs, not how the larva of the woodworm (see photo 7) that is only found inside the wood and if it has a “worm” shape.

The small woodworm (see photo 8), when it comes out of the wood (adult state), has the shape of a beetle and the large woodworm (photo 9), of elongated beetle with large antennae. However, the “exit” outside of termites is usually by swarming, that is, they all come out suddenly and are more like a “winged ant” (see photo 10).


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