Drywood Termites

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Difficult to Eradicate

Structure Invading

What Are Drywood Termites?

Drywood termites are a type of insect that lives in and feeds on wood. They get their name because they feed on dry wood, getting what moisture they need to survive through air humidity and the wood itself. Drywood termites are larger than their subterranean termite cousins, and there are fewer termites in a drywood colony than a subterranean colony. They make their nests within the wood that they consume, do not need direct access to soil, and do not create mud tubes.

How Much Damage Can Drywood Termites Cause?

Drywood termites are not direct health threats to people or pets, as they possess neither venom nor coordinated avenues of defense against larger creatures. However, drywood termites can cause significant damage to wooden furniture and home structures. Because they do not need to eat moist wood, drywood termites can destroy wood throughout a house. They usually consume wood from the inside out, potentially causing serious structural problems and ruining furniture, doors, and framework.

How Can You Tell If You Have Drywood Termites?

You won’t find mud tubes if you have drywood termites. Keep your eye out for wings left behind by flying workers as well as the dark, powdery fecal matter called frass. Your ear could alert you, too; drywood termites make soft clicking sounds and munching sounds as they scurry about, eating their way through your home.

For Termite Problems, Call McCall

It is notoriously difficult to eradicate a termite infestation by yourself, but with the potential damage that they can inflict, you shouldn’t hope the problem goes away. Instead, call McCall at the first sign of a drywood termite infestation. We can help you get your home back to normal and provide preventative services so it never happens again.

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