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Those Darn Drywood Termites

drywood-termitesDrywood termites are commonly found in wood with low moisture content. They do not require contact with soil moisture in order to live. They spend almost their entire life cycle inside the sound, dry wood upon which they feed. Since their colonies are often small and found deep inside the wood, they are very difficult to detect.

Colonies seem to also spread over a wide area. They are most commonly found in warm climates like our state Florida as well as Arizona, California, and Texas. Drywood termites are structural pests that exist in warm, dry climates and in tropical climates. They inhabit dry wood typically found above the ground’s surface, and they burrow deep into wood.

 

How Do They Invade

Drywood termites enter homes usually in the summer months, especially after heavy monsoon rains. During swarms, an existing termite colony will send out a large number of winged, reproductive males and females. These mating swarms may result in several newly fertilized king and queen termites attempting to establish colonies, of which many may be within or around a home.

Drywood termites can be more difficult to detect and are not typically noticeable until small piles of black pellets (their feces and unwanted cellulose) plus the color of wood that is infested collect. They make their nests within the wood they feast on and oftentimes infest walls, columns, beams, and even furniture.

They require no soil contact and get their moisture from the wood. These even attack floors, furniture and books. When a colony has matured, winged, swarming termites can be seen around windows and doors. Winged termites are highly attracted to sources of light and are most active in springtime. After mating, these termites locate a new breeding site and create another colony, spreading infestations throughout multiple locations.

The most effective prevention for drywood termites can be “built-in” to a home during its construction phase. Using pressure-treated lumber to be installed wherever possible is a start. All untreated wood should be sprayed with borate solutions. Once the construction phase is completed, it is much more difficult to completely treat all the wood in a completed house with residual chemicals.

If a drywood termite infestation is suspected in your home, a trained pest control professional should conduct a thorough examination of the entire structure. Always take notice of specific areas and keep samples of the pellets whenever possible. In cases where a drywood termite infestation is found, liquid treatment injection of galleries in the infested areas and preventative coatings of through interior baseboard injections and attic treatment is highly effective.

PestDepot.com is where you need to go if you are dealing with drywood termites, or any bugs or insects for that matter.  We do full home check-ups not only for bugs & insects, but for rodents as well. A highly rated Florida company is waiting for your call now so we can get out there and make your home nuisance free. If a drywood termite infestation is suspected in your home, a thorough examination of the entire structure should be conducted immediately.

A careful inspection is critical in order to determine the extent of an infestation and location(s) of other possible drywood termite colonies. The results of the inspection will dictate the best treatment option(s). It is prudent to contact PEST DEPOT as soon as possible for A FREE INSPECTION about specific treatment recommendations which best fit your needs.

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