Drywood Termites

Homeowners should also routinely inspect the property for signs of drywood termites, paying special attention to window and doorframes, trim, eaves, siding and attics. Drywood termites can be avoided by making sure firewood and scrap wood is stored at least 20 feet from the home. Another drywood termite treatment tactic is to seal all cracks and crevices around the foundation of the home.

Creamy white to light brown color, 6 legs, 3/8 to 1 inch long, Long, narrow and oval, primarily found coastally from South Carolina westward to Texas and up the west coast of California.

They live in dry wood located above ground, and do not need soil contact since the wood they consume provides the moisture they need for survival. Their feeding galleries do not contain mud, as do subterranean termite galleries. Eat wood in a pattern either with or against the grain. More often than not, the observation of wood eaten against the grain is a sign of drywood termite tunneling and damage. The inside of the feeding tunnel is very smooth and looks like it might have been “finished” and smoothed out with sandpaper.
Drywood termites can infest and damage dry, sound wood. The specific locations of potential damage in a house include the roof sheathing, rafters, joists, siding, trim, steps, decks, porches, floors, subfloors, doors windows and their frames, furniture, walls, interior wood trim and furniture.

Because of the potential complexity and difficulty in finding drywood termite damage, always seek the advice and assistance of your pest management professional. If drywood infestations remain untreated, the resulting infestation will eventually involve many different portions of the structure and result in significant structural and cosmetic damage.

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