Generally, there are 3 common termite groups in Indonesia. They are drywood termites, subterranean termites and macrotermes termites. The most common type of termite predominant in Indonesia is the coptotermes sp. (a species of the subterranean termite).
The drywood termite colony is normally found in drywood, often in the structural timber of buildings. Drywood termites are also less dependent on need for moisture and need no access to the soil.
Subterranean termites build their nest in the soil and are very dependent on soil for moisture. They construct mud tubes to avoid getting dried up (desiccation) when looking for food in open air. The coptotermes sp. subterranean termite species is considered to be very destructive and the most common cause of damages in houses.
Termite Groups The Macrotermes termites also very dependent on soil for moisture, their nest in the soil and considered as very vicious creatures, Macrotermes termites could attack objects with almost 200 m gap from their nest even they could penetrate thick wall.
Did you know? A termite queen, depending on its species, can lay up to 30,000 eggs in one day! Termites are also social insect, meaning they live together in colonies.