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How To Control Drywood Termites

While subterranean termites may be the most common species of termite which is known to infest homes and inflict devastating damage, a less common species which is just as destructive is the drywood termite. Drywood termites are also a major problem for homeowners and treating them the same way you would treat subterranean termites will prove to be ineffective as they have unique habits and behavior which should be approached differently when attempting to control their infesting populations.

Drywood termites like to reside, feed and build nests in fresh wood and do not depend on moisture or soil for survival unlike subterranean termites. Like other termite species, they are social and live within a caste system of reproductives, workers and soldiers. Male and Female reproductives can grow up to 1/2 inch long. Drywood termites have soft bodies which are shaped in cylindrical fashion and are usually pale brown in color. Soldier termites are 3/8 of an inch long. The clear signs that you may have an infestation of drywood termites is the presence of swarmers moving about in your home or their wings left behind. Another warning sign includes drywood termites signature: frass. These are small mounds of wood-based fecal pellets which they discard while making tunnels.


How To Get Rid of Drywood Termites: 4 Step Solution

It’s important to emphasize again that because of the nature of the drywood termite and it’s behavior (in particular the fact that it doesn’t live in soil and doesn’t require moisture to thrive), the control approach is much different than tackling termites like the subterranean termite. By following the simple steps we’ve laid out below, you can successfully wipe out the drywood termite population that is destroying your home and put an end to their feasting.


If you have an infestation of drywood termites in your home, action must be taken quickly. At Solutions Pest and Lawn we can equip you with the right products and the right knowledge to put in place an effective control approach to eliminate drywood termites from your home.


Step 1: Identification - Drywood termites do not depend on moisture or soil like subterranean termites do. They instead colonize within woods. The swarmers (or alates) are winged. Once mature they leave the original colony and a responsible for producing new colonies. The body is a reddish brown color and they are approximately one-half inch long and have two pair of wings equal in length. If you see this stage of termite inside or outside your home it should be cause for concern since it is an indication that your home is possibly infested.


Next there are the reproductives known as the king and queen that stay within the colony the full span of their lives. The next member is the soldier. They are approximately one-quarter inch long, their bodies are cream-colored, their head is rectangular shaped and an orange color. They have large mandibles with serrated edges and are used to protect the colony from intruders. Finally, you have the workers that are cream colored, about 3/16th of an inch long. The workers are responsible for damaging the structure by eating the wood to collect cellulose. The majority of termites consist of worker termites.


Drywood termites are normally found in the attic or the eaves around the exterior around the house. Although swarms are a pretty good indication that you have an infestation, drywood termites may be difficult to find.

Step 2: Inspection - Next we are going to want to confirm whether or not you have termites and the best way to do this is via inspection. The signs to look out for are mud tubes, frass, wings and feces. Frass is a good indicator that you have drywood termite activity. Frass looks similar to sawdust and is left behind by termites while digging through and consuming wood. They can also appear in the form of a small wooden pellet which is actually their feces. Swarmer wings found in your home is an indication of the swarmer termites being active in mating and creating a new colony within the home. Finding wings is a tell-tale sign that you have a heavy infestation.


When doing these inspections, be sure you equip yourself with a flashlight to check dark areas like basements or attics. You should also use a screwdriver or sharp ended object to probe termite galleries. Pay close attention to all wood construction, support posts and ceiling joists or areas where soil meets wood.

Step 3: Control - If the colony has been identified in a specific area within the structure you want to replace the damaged wood and treat with a borate based product Boracare. Boracare is applied to bare wood and should be mixed in a bucket with warm water using a paddle bit that fits a standard drill. Mix the product until it has the consistency of water, pour the mixture into a sprayer and spray the wood to wet.


You can treat exposed wood behind sheetrock or up in the attic. Boracare will penetrate the wood and kill the termites as they feed. Also, if you have access to underneath your house you can spray all the exposed wood there as well. Next, apply Fipro Aerosol Foam into any exposed termite galleries, voids, cracks and crevices around windows, doors and fireplaces. Fipro aerosol is a foam and it travels very easily through termite galleries which actually provides good deep penetration.

Step 4: Prevention - To prevent drywood termites from accessing your home you can use Boracare and spray it up in the attic on all exposed wood also in the exterior up underneath the house and the floor joists. You can also use Red Eye termite monitoring stations. Place multiple Red Eye station around the home to monitor for termite activity. When there is termite activity, the Red Eye indicator will let you know by disappearing and then you can treat termites accordingly by injecting Fipro aerosol into the station. Other preventative measures you can take is to reduce moisture around the house. Check the Red Eye once a month.


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