Termites - Drywood

One of the most destructive pests in Florida, drywood termites live in and feed on wood. Unlike subterranean termites, drywood termites are larger and there are fewer termites in the colony. They get the moisture they need to survive through both air humidity and the wood they feed on. Drywood termites do not create mud tubes, and they do not need direct access to soil, either.

How dangerous are drywood termites?

Drywood termites aren’t hazardous to your health and don’t possess either venom or coordinated methods of defense against larger creatures. They will, however, cause significant damage to wooden furniture and home structures. Drywood termites do not need to eat moist wood, which means they can run roughshod throughout your home, eating it from the inside out. This will not only ruin furniture, doors, and framework, but it can cause serious structural problems, too.

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How do I know I have drywood termites?

Unlike their subterranean termite cousins, drywood termites do not use mud tubes to enter your home. The best signs that you have termites in your home include wings left behind by flying workers and the dark, powdery fecal matter termites leave behind, also called frass. In some cases, you may even hear drywood termites. Listen for soft clicking noises and munching sounds as they move and eat their way through your home.

How do I get rid of drywood termites?

There is almost no effective DIY treatment for drywood termites. The best method of treating the problem is to contact a pest professional. Termites won’t go away on their own, and the damage they can inflict on your home is tremendous. Call McCall ServiceCall McCall Service at the first sign of a drywood termite infestation. Our pest professionals will help eliminate the problem and provide you with the preventive solutions to help ensure it never happens again.
 


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