Welcome to our extensive guide on Drywood termites, a common and destructive pest that can cause significant damage to wooden structures. As experienced exterminators, we are here to provide you with valuable insights into the identification, behavior, and effective extermination techniques for Drywood termites. Let’s delve into the world of Drywood termites and equip you with the knowledge to protect your property.
Identification of Drywood Termites
Drywood termites, scientifically known as Cryptotermes spp., are a species of termites that infest and feed on dry wood. Unlike subterranean termites, Drywood termites do not require contact with soil to survive. They establish colonies within the wood they infest, making them difficult to detect. However, there are signs that can help identify their presence:
- Presence of Frass: Drywood termites produce pellet-like droppings called frass. These tiny, hexagonal-shaped pellets can accumulate near infested wood or be found scattered below exit holes.
- Discarded Wings: During their swarming season, winged Drywood termites, known as alates, emerge from mature colonies to start new ones. Discarded wings near window sills, light fixtures, or other light sources can indicate a Drywood termite infestation.
- Hollow-Sounding Wood: Infested wood may sound hollow when tapped due to the tunnels and galleries created by Drywood termites.
Extermination Techniques for Drywood Termites
Addressing a Drywood termite infestation requires effective extermination techniques. Here are some common methods employed by professional pest control services:
- Fumigation: Fumigation is a widely used method for treating Drywood termite infestations. The affected structure is covered and sealed with a tent, and a fumigant gas is introduced to eliminate termites throughout the entire infested area.
- Heat Treatment: Heat treatment involves raising the temperature within the infested structure to lethal levels for Drywood termites. This method effectively targets termites within the wood, including hidden colonies and hard-to-reach areas.
- Spot Treatments: Spot treatments are employed for localized infestations. Liquid termiticides or foam formulations are applied directly to termite galleries, entry points, or infested wood to eliminate the termites.
Due to the challenges associated with detecting and eliminating Drywood termites, it is recommended to seek professional assistance. Proper identification, precise treatment application, and ongoing monitoring are essential for successful eradication of Drywood termites.
While Drywood termites are commonly associated with coastal areas, they can be found in other regions as well. They infest dry wood, such as furniture, structures, and even drywood trees, and can be transported to different locations through infested items.
Unlike subterranean termites, Drywood termites do not rely on moisture from soil. They obtain the moisture they need from the wood they infest, making them capable of infesting and damaging dry wood materials.
Contact us now to schedule an inspection or to discuss your termite control needs. Let us help you reclaim your property from these wood-destroying pests.