Drywood termites


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Drywood termites

Drywood termites infest dry wood and do not require contact with the soil, unlike the subterranean and Formosan termites. This termite species often establishes nests in roof materials and wooden wall supports and can infest dead wood that may be around homes. Although they don’t require as much moisture for survival as other species, they can also be found in wood near a water source such as a leaky pipe or water heater. Drywood termites are found in the southern tier states, from North Carolina through the Gulf Coast and into the coastal areas of California.

Identification
Drywood termites are long, narrow and oval and creamy white to light brown in color. Their size is between 3/8 to 1 inch long. They are primarily found coastally from South Carolina westward to Texas and up the west coast of California

Environment
Drywood termites infest dry wood, like that found in attic framing. They can be transported to new locations via an infested piece of furniture, a picture frame, etc.

Threats
Drywood termites can chew through support beams, floors and walls, causing expensive home repairs. In fact, drywood termites and other termite species cause a collective $5 billion in property damage each year.

Treatment
Drywood termites can be avoided by making sure firewood and scrap wood is stored at least 20 feet from the home. Drywood termites form new colonies by gaining access to wood through small holes. As a drywood termite prevention tactic, seal all cracks and crevices in a structure. Treatment options include liquid and foam spot treatments, attic spraying, or fumigation. Effective treatment should always be performed by a licensed pest control technician.



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