Drywood termites unlike most other species of termites live in dry wood above ground. Their name is indicative of their ability to live without a water source in what one might consider “dry” wood. This includes undecayed wood such as structural lumber, dead tree limbs, utility poles and fence posts.
Drywoods are one of the most economically significant species in southern states because of their ability to live and eat the wood in your home for years undetected.
Drywood termites typically swarm in the summer months. A swarm inside a structure is a sign of a serious infestation. Generally a swarm is commenced by a colony that is at least two years old. If you have signs of a swarm, seek treatment right away.
Signs of infestation
Signs of Drywood Termites
Drywood termites rarely, if ever, see the light of day. However, certain signs will still reveal their presence.
Drywood Termite Swarms
You may see swarms of winged male and female Drywood termites called alates in early summer through fall.
You may find discarded wings of swarmers on window sills, in the attic, or any place where there’s an opening in the wood.
Fecal Pellets (Frass)
Drywood termites also leave evidence in the form of piles of brownish fecal pellets called frass below “kickout” holes in infested wood.
As drywood termites feed they produce tunnels that often run across the grain of the wood. Tunnels can often be detected by tapping the wood every few inches with a screwdriver. Damaged wood will sound hollow.
Termite VS Ant
Termites and ants look very similar, but it’s important to know the difference, because different methods are used to control each pest.
Drywood Termite Treatment
Complete structural fumigation is the only 100% guaranteed method for controlling drywood termites. During Drywood Termite Tenting fumigation, the entire building is covered tightly with a fumigation cover or “tent” and a sulfuryl fluoride gas is released.
Fumigation can only be done by a certified pest control operator.
Spot treatment is also a method to control a specific area in the structure or surrounding area. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to determine the extent of the colony, simply, because they are in the center of the wood. Therefore, spot treatment is not considered a complete treatment.