Drywood termites differ from other termite species, such as subterranean termites, as they create their colonies in wood instead of in the ground. These termites seek dry wood as a food source and need little to no moisture for their survival. If these termites infest a home, they can create significant damage by excavating the wood and destroying the structural integrity. The best way to prevent these pests is to place specific preventative measures throughout your property.
Inspect Your Home First
The best way to prevent drywood termites is to regularly inspect your home for drywood termite signs. These signs include hollow wood, discarded termite wings, wood tunnels, frass or termite droppings, and other termite signs. Check around your crawlspace, basement, and attic. Look for termite signs near baseboards, beams, and other wood materials. Likewise, it’s a good idea to keep a running list of certain repairs and concerns that could attract drywood termites to your home. Having a running list of concerns will help your termite professional on where to look and treat for termites.
Seal & Paint
Drywood termites are typically under a half inch long, including their wings, allowing them to fit in the smallest hole or gap. Any openings leading into your home gives termites the perfect opportunity to invade and create their colony. It’s crucial to seal gaps and holes with caulk or steel wool, depending on the size of the opening. Likewise, look to paint and seal your bare wood surfaces to help protect them from drywood termites.
Store & Inspect Wood Properly
Drywood termites need wood materials to inhabit and create their colonies. Make sure you place firewood or lumber at least 20 feet from your home and raise it from the ground. If you’re bringing firewood or secondhand furniture inside your home, look to inspect it beforehand for drywood termites. Additionally, trim shrubs, bushes, and dense greenery so it is not touching your home. If you have old trees, lumber, or tree stumps, consider removing them so these pests don’t infest it.
Call a Pro
Sometimes prevention doesn’t stop drywood termites from invading your home. When this happens, the best thing you can do is call your local pest control company for assistance. These termite professionals will provide you with a thorough termite inspection and a termite control and prevention plan based on your home’s needs.
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