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Drywood Termite

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Description

Drywood Termite

Pest Stats

Color

Creamy white to light brown

Legs

6

Shape

Long, narrow and oval

Size

3/8 to 1 inch long

Antennae

Yes

Region

Primarily found coastally from South Carolina westward to Texas and up the west coast of California

Habits

Drywood termites form colonies that have up to 2,500 members and live in the wood members of the structure. There may be several colonies of termites in the same structure. Established colonies of over 4+ years will eventually have termites swarm. They usually swarm on warm days after a sudden rise in temperature. Usually 50+ swarmer’s will emerge and have only hours to find a mate and begin a new colony or they will die. Drywood termites can be found in any wood within structures, furniture, wood piles, wood fences, patios, playhouses, decorations, picture frames, ect.

Habitat

Drywood termites prefer dry wood which is easier to eat and penetrate. They can easily access attic spaces through attic vents and infest attic framings and ceiling joists. Fire wood piles can breed drywood termites and infest entire neighborhoods. They can also be imported into structures by bringing in infested furniture, decorations, picture frames, or by using infested lumber for repairs or additions.

Threats

Drywood termites cause billions of dollars in damage to structures every year. Established colonies can chew through support beams, floors and walls, causing expensive home repairs. This damage is occurring 24/7 to an infested home. Homeowner’s insurance does not cover termite damage. Therefore, it is best to minimize drywood termite infestations to avoid thousands of dollars in repairs.

Drywood Termite Prevention

Drywood termites form new colonies by gaining access to wood through small holes. They can be deterred by making sure the structure has a good coat of paint with pre-treated lumber. Exposed wood timbers such as in unfinished attics, garages, and sub-areas can be treated with Bora-Care to form a barrier and prevent termites from entering the wood. Make sure all cracks and crevices are sealed with caulking. Firewood and scrap wood should be stored at least 20 feet from the home. The control of drywood termites can be improved significantly by having annual termite inspections so that any new infestations can be caught early and treated. A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. offers our MVP Termite Program that offers many benefits for a very affordable price.

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