Drywood Termites are different than subterranean termites in a couple aspects. First of all, drywood termites affect the areas of your home that their name implies; the wood. A subterranean termite colony is also as their name suggests; underground. Both can do damage to your home, but the most detrimental are drywood termites, as they can eat away at the wooden supports and foundations of your home, causing structural instability and horrible aesthetic damage. Drywood termites are usually found in parts of the country that do not experience freezing winter months, most commonly the southern-most points of southern states across the country, where humidity and heat are rampant.
In order to properly diagnose whether or not you have an infestation problem, observe termite photos and look for drywood damage in areas of your home that drywood termites are most likely to attack. These insects prefer soft and dry wood and will eat away at it for both food and shelter, forming colonies within the foundation and walls of your home. This creates gaps in support posts which can cause the structural integrity of your home to be compromised. If you fear that this might be something taking place in your home right now, hire a professional to come to your home to thoroughly inspect the damage. They will be able to tell you if you have an infestation or the beginnings of one, which in turn will give them an idea of how much it will cost to eliminate this pest problem.
Look for Damage
You may not be a termite expert, but keep in mind that you can do minimal research to find out the most basic information about drywood termites so you will at least have an idea about whether or not you have an infestation and require a professional extermination service. If you find termite related damage in or around your home, make sure to contact an extermination professional quickly, as drywood termites work very quickly and can cause severe damage in a few short weeks. You could find yourself paying for hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs to your home if you do not assess the situation and call in professionals quickly enough. Catching the problem early will keep quotes for an extermination project down, as well as the costs of implementing prevention measures.
The wooden areas of your home’s foundation are always at risk of drywood termite infestation. Although drywood termites are often found in humid and hot areas of the country, the can be transported in wooden items, such as construction lumber, or furniture, causing isolated cases throughout the country of termites and damage.
There are many ways that have been developed to take care of the problems associated with the drywood termite. If the problem is caught early enough, you can usually exterminate the termites with a simple, non toxic chemical spray that will ward off termites and keep your home termite-free for a few months at a time. Although you will need to have a professional return periodically to ensure that the chemical treatment is working properly, you will be able to avoid very costly repairs.
If the drywood termite infestation is too extreme for a chemical spray treatment, the extermination company may have to remove portions of damaged wood in order for a construction company to install new reinforcement wood replacement. This is an extreme task that comes from years of unnoticed infestation, so it is unlikely that your damage will be to this extent. However, this should serve as a reminder that you need to properly prepare yourself for the possibility of a drywood termite infestation and educate yourself on the signs that are associated with their presence. Termites are relentless and cannot be ignored. Otherwise, you risk the possibility of large amounts of damage that are not only costly, but hugely inconvenient.
Other ways to exterminate a drywood termite colony when one is found is to inject pesticides directly into the tunnels they create. This will almost instantly kill the colony, but each individual colony must be treated this way. If you have a new home that was recently constructed, make sure to have it inspected by a professional to ensure that there is no termite damage. Upon finding no damage, consider prevention options. There are sonic options as well as routine chemical spray options that can help to prevent termites from targeting your home and causing considerable damage.
There are many signs that that you may have an infestation of drywood termites. Just be sure to keep in mind that the presence of these insects is not always immediately apparent, so keep a close eye on your property. If you do not have time to watch out for termite infestation, consider hiring a company to routinely check your home for termite colonies.