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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: 3 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: Since drywood infestations are usually smaller and more localized rather than widespread, a thorough inspection would be important to start out to see where the source of the infestation is. Some of the more common areas are pieces of furniture, window frames, foundational areas, or secluded areas that are rarely embarked upon. Using a flashing and something to probe around like a screwdriver, check around your home until you find the source.

Step 2: Once the infested area is found it can be very easy to apply termiticide treatment to the area and eradicate the infestation. There are two methods you can go about this. The first is by doing what we call the “drill and fill treatment”. This requires drilling holes into the infested wood and then applying the foam or spray of choice into the hole which will then be dispersed through the galleries and nests where the termites are hiding.

Step 3: Another method of treatment is applying a borate-based termiticide like Boracare to the infested wood. The product can be painted onto the wood (which has to be unfinished), sprayed on or foamed into wall voids. Whatever method you prefer to do will be sufficient and should do well to kill termite infestations and prevent reinfestations from happening.

Browse our Drywood termite control products below. If you would like more information, we have helpful how-to guides in our knowledge base with more detailed treatment steps for termites. You can also call us, email us or live chat with us on our website for free expert help.

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