Subterranean Termites, also known as “white ant”, feed exclusively on cellulose-based materials such as wood and paper. They are able to tear off extremely small fragments of wood using their hard, saw-toothed jaws. Subterranean Termite nest in the soil and often infest buildings and damage lumber wood panels, flooring, wallpaper, paper products and fabric made of plant fibers. The most serious damage results from the loss of structural strength.
Subterranean Termites rarely come to the surface to feed, so most of the time, you will only find out that they are there when it is too late. Some signs that one can look out for as a warning of their presence.
The most common species that we encountered at building structure is Coptotermes sp., while the common species found on trees are Microcerotermes sp., Globitermes sp., and Nasutitermes sp.